“Oththa Seruppu”… Parthiban stars in a “stunt” film that’s barely convincing but very entertaining

Posted on September 19, 2019

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The “deliberate” theatricality is everywhere. The very location looks like a stage, with the barest of props and a very visible lighting.

Spoilers ahead…

You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/oththa-seruppu-movie-review-parthiban-resul-pookutty-santhosh-narayanan-c-sathya

In Oththa Seruppu (also called Oththa Seruppu Size 7), R Parthiban uses several devices to push the boundaries of conventional storytelling — here’s one. He plays Ilayaraja’s music not to lazily signify “the past” (like many filmmakers do) but to shape the character of a woman who’s crazy about Ilayaraja’s music. She’s from a village – and when this point comes up, we hear faint strains of Senthoorapoove from 16 Vayathinile, the most iconic “village film” of Tamil cinema. A youthful stretch is coloured by Ilamayenum poongatru, a “matter” moment contains shades of Meendum meendum vaa, and when this woman is suspected of infidelity, we get a bit of Ennullil engo from Rosapoo Ravikkaikari, the story of a wife who strayed. Why is this different from all the other films that used the maestro’s work? Because we never see this woman. We simply hear about her, and this music helps to fill in the absence of her presence.

Continued at the link above.

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