“Vaanam Kottattum”… Sarath Kumar makes a smashing comeback in a solid, well-acted drama

Posted on February 7, 2020


This isn’t the usual screenplay woven around a single protagonist. It takes scenic detours and gives everyone their own arc.

Spoilers ahead…

You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/vaanam-kottattum-movie-review-sarath-kumar-makes-a-solid-comeback-in-a-well-acted-drama/

Dhana’s first film, Padaiveeran, was about a village wastrel who becomes a cop, but then discovers — to his dismay — that he has to stop the caste-based violence unleashed by members of his own family. The film ended with a strong message, but it had little else. Vaanam Kottattum, the director’s follow-up, is, in the end, a “message movie”, too — but this time, the (small) sermon is built up to. In fact, for the longest time, the screenplay (by Dhana and Mani Ratnam), makes you wonder where it is headed and what its focus is. I mean this in a good way, because most of the stories we see are woven around a single protagonist and most of the time, we know what turns his trajectory will take. (It’s almost always a “he”.) But for one, Vaanam Kottattum doesn’t even have a protagonist.

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