A thought experiment. Imagine Aboorva Sagotharargal (Appu Raja in Hindi). Dad-Kamal is murdered before the opening credits. Son-Kamal takes revenge during the climax. The entire stretch in between – the entire film, that is – is built on our knowledge that the son gets to know what happened to his father. At that point, our investment in the revenge is complete. It’s primal emotional gratification. We wait for the moment as much as he waits for it. Now, what if the same scenario played out this way? The villain knows he killed the father. The audience knows. But the son doesn’t. So when son-Kamal ends up killing the villain, it isn’t revenge. It’s just… murder.
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