“Awe”… An ambitious, meticulous mix of genres is a tad overcooked but also fun to think back on

Posted on March 1, 2018


Spoilers ahead…

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Late in Prasanth Varma’s Awe, a barista named Meera (Regina Cassandra) finds a Rubik’s Cube in the basement of a restaurant. She tosses it into a dark corner — but a few seconds later, it’s tossed back at her, mysteriously (and fully) solved. That’s the movie in a nutshell. Awe is the Rubik’s Cube — it’s made up of six stories bordering on (and locking into) one another. And Varma is Meera, tossing his movie-puzzle to the audience in the darkened theatre, hoping we can crack it. (Don’t worry if you can’t. The last few minutes do it for you.) The first story (after a bit of a prologue, featuring Kajal Aggarwal) looks like a romcom: a girl has dinner with her parents so she can tell them about her lover. The tale comes with a twist.

The second story is another genre: call it existential Disney. It involves a man who applies for the job of a chef, and his co-star is a… fish. The cook’s name is Nala. The other characters come with equally mythical names: Krishna, Radha, Meera, Raghuram, Vaidehi, Shiva, Parvathi, Kali, Moksha. Varma doesn’t shy away from grand conceits, and his grandest conceit — hat tip, the Bhagavad Gita — is in the lines of the song that plays over the opening credits: “The entire universe is hidden in me.” It’s a clue. Through the first half, the stories seem disconnected and we wonder what’s going on. Does the segment with the watchman who’s working on a time machine hold the answer? Now, we’re in the realm of sci-fi. Is Awe a compilation of alternative narratives in the space-time continuum?

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