Train of thought in Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayuthey

Posted on March 27, 2020


The symbolism and metaphors in the movie, starring Madhavan and Shalini, render the film timeless and set its creator Mani Ratnam apart from the rest, writes FC Reader Hariharasudhen Nagarajan

Trains are an integral part of a Tamil film romance, especially if it is directed by Mani Ratnam. But, what if Mani Ratnam used the trains in Alaipayuthey as a foreshadowing tool and as symbolism for Shakthi’s home and her close-minded parents? Trains, along with the other closed spaces in the film (wedding hall, Shakthi’s house and railway station), symbolise the doubts that Shakthi (Shalini Ajith) has about the possibility of a relationship with Karthik (Madhavan).

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