Title: Putham Pudhu Kaalai
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Jayaram, Urvashi, Kalidas Jayaram, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Ritu Varma, MS Bhaskar, Suhasini Maniratnam, Anu Haasan, Shruthi Haasan, Andrea Jeremiah, Gurucharan, Bobby Simha, Sharath Ravi
Directors: Sudha Kongara, Gauthav Vasudev Menon, Suhasini Maniratnam, Rajiv Menon, Karthik Subbaraj
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Story: This anthology consists of five stories:
- Ilamai Idho Idho, a love story between single senior citizens. Directed by Sudha Kongara
- Avarum Naanum – Avalum Naanum, a small meetup between grandfather and granddaughter. Directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon
- Coffee, Anyone?, two out of three daughters visit their mother who is in coma. Directed by Suhasini Maniratnam
- Reunion, two school friends coincidentally meet after many years and stay together. Directed by Rajiv Menon
- Miracle, two thieves try to cause a miracle to happen in their lives. Directed by Karthik Subbaraj
Performances: All the actors in all the five stories have done their parts well within the given scope. Among them, MS Bhaskar and Jayaram’s are most enjoyable and heart warming and their adorable innocence brings a smile to our faces.
Technicalities: All the stories have been mostly shot indoors and so there is not much scope to do anything out of the box in terms of camerawork. Karthik Subbaraj’s story alone had a slightly memorable visual tone. Music is decent for all the stories. Editing is appropriate and all stories run around 25 minutes. Dialogues are good in Sudha Konagara and Gautham Menon’s stories whereas Karthik Subbaraj deals it in his own style.
Analysis: The only common point in all the stories is that they are all happening during the lockdown period. Besides that, there is no similarity between any two stories. The anthology starts off well with the first story directed by Sudha Kongara offering a sweet romance between two single senior citizens. There are enough cute moments in it to make it memorable. The second story by Gautham Menon starts off well and offers a couple of good sweet moments but the emotional connect in the story doesn’t work to it’s full potential. It could have been dealt slightly better. The third story directed by Suhasini is flat and offers no emotional connect. The next story by Rajiv Menon shows some promise initially but fizzles out soon after. Unlike other stories, it doesn’t make clear what it intends to convey. The last story by Karthik Subbaraj is undoubtedly the pick of the lot. It is the only story which is shot slightly outdoors which makes it feel less restricted and more comfortable to watch. Karthik has left his mark clearly even within the 25 minute runtime. He has packed quirkiness, shades of dark comedy and some surprises perfectly into this short tale.
On a whole: Putham Pudhu Kaalai offers some sweet moments, some dull moments and some interesting moments. The attempt can definitely be given a try.