“Aruvi”… An ambitious, solidly written satire that takes an issue and does very unexpected things with it

Posted on December 14, 2017


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/aruvi-movie-review

Who is Aruvi (Aditi Balan)? That’s what the interrogator (Mohammad Ali Baig), at the police station, wants to know. He sits opposite this twenty-something woman, staring at her bloody face, wondering if she’s a Naxal from Dantewada. The title of the film — also Aruvi (Waterfall / Stream) — suggests that our heroine is something of a metaphor (that eco-friendly name! the gradual “pollution” of her body we will soon learn about), but the first half of Arun Prabu Purushothaman’s movie positions her the way Raj Kapoor presented his heroine in Ram Teri Ganga Maili, an innocent from a pristine town who becomes increasingly corrupted as she moves to the big, bad city.

The early portions paint a picture of Aruvi’s life, back home, but these aren’t scenes so much as scenelets. Amidst vignettes of her father (Thirunavukarasu) sniffing food simmering on the stove and a family trip to a nearby waterfall, a life flashes by. With flavour. When Aruvi asks her father to stop smoking (“It stinks!”), he doesn’t toss the cigarette away at once. He inhales one last lungful and then tosses it away. The gesture lingers. I remembered this bit when, later, he begins to smoke again — this time, too, due to Aruvi. She made him stop. She makes him start again — because she vomits. After 19,837 films featuring this situation (and much wailing about “family honour”), we think we know the reason. Turns out we don’t.

Continued at the link above.

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