Varane Avashyamund, with Dulquer Salmaan, Shobana, Suresh Gopi, is on Netflix: A rewind of this charmer, from Anoop Sathyan

Posted on April 21, 2020


It’s hardest to play heavy scenes in a light manner, and these actors do it marvellously. The director chooses to discard microscopic detail in favour of broad arcs and happy-making vignettes.

Spoilers ahead…

There’s a mother who wants her son to marry this girl. For reasons that aren’t explained in black and white, the wedding needs to be called off. The mother invites the girl for a chat, to break the news. She sighs that she thought her son would be like her, but it appears he’s more like his father. Another film might consider it important to fill in these blanks. Who’s the father? Which quality of his has the son imbibed? Is it just the fact that the son has disappeared from the scene, leaving his mother to do the dirty work, or is there more? But in the world of Varane Avashyamund, psychology — baggage — isn’t as important as the present, the here and now. In terms of content, this is a dramatic moment, a thunderstorm that should, by rights, rage for days. But the way the scene plays out is like a light drizzle — it’s inconvenient, sure, but you know the sun will be out soon.

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