Readers Write In #75: Uyare soars high on its performances despite its predictability

Posted on May 15, 2019

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We have had dozens of movies that showcase a love affair gone wrong from the view point of the male protagonist, some of them even blaming or insulting the girl for having changed her mind about a boyfriend (what come to mind immediately are the ‘Why this kolaveri’ song and the more tongue in cheek ‘Scene contra’ from Premam). What a refreshing change then to have a beautifully made movie that (with the help of actors that live their roles) depicts romance gone sour from the view point of the girl so realistically that each person in the audience, male or female alike, empathises with her, and understands perfectly how some relationships turn toxic.

Spoilers ahead:

The movie starts off with Pallavi (Parvathy) as a vivacious college girl participating in college events and Govind (Asif Ali) as her jealous, possessive boyfriend, sulking and brooding over her choice of dress and the male attention she garners. Siddique plays her liberal father, proud and supportive when she gains admission to train to be a pilot, something she has wanted badly since childhood. Despite being an ambitious, outgoing girl, she puts up with Govind’s controlling behaviour because he was a friend from her school days who had stood by her during the troubled times after her mother’s death. Pallavi leaves for her studies and Govind takes out his frustration at not getting a good job on her, continuing to control her over the phone, not allowing her to live on her terms and be her own person, even indulging in emotional blackmail slitting his wrist when she doesn’t answer his phone call. Finally after a jealous outburst from him over an innocent outing with friends, she breaks up with him. This makes him throw acid over her face, disfiguring and partly blinding her, the latter taking away her pilot’s license. The rest of the story is about how she tackles her life after this event. Tovino Thomas plays Vishal and his relationship with Pallavi showcases how rejection is dealt with by secure human beings. The only grouse I had with the movie was its predictabilty. The highlight of the movie for me was the unexpected delight of seeing someone I know really well in a minor role in the movie.

Sometime back when Parvathy had spoken out against misogyny in Kasaba, Siddique was one of her outspoken critics :
https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kasaba-row-kerala-fin-minister-stands-parvathy-siddique-justifies-trolls-73394?amp

I found it ironic seeing him cast as the liberal father of Pallavi, supporting her and standing by all her ambitions. To his credit, he has given a stellar performance, as have Asif Ali and Parvathy.

(by Aparna Namboodiripad, who comments here as tonks)