Karthik Dial Seydha Yenn: Gautham Vasudev Menon, STR and Trisha give us a lovely reunion, with a pinch of pain

Posted on May 21, 2020


A reflection on the 12-odd minutes spent with the characters that continue to haunt us, even after ten years. Many spoilers ahead, so make sure you see the film first.

Spoilers ahead…

How interesting that Trisha’s two most memorable films — and her two most memorable performances — have been stories about unrequited love. There was 96, recently. And before that, Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya. Both times, she moved on, at least to the extent she could. The man is stuck. Perhaps it’s no accident that Karthik Dial Seytha Yenn, Gautham Vasudev Menon’s short film that picks up where VTV left off, opens with the camera peering into Karthik’s room through the grills of a window, as though it were a prison. Today, of course, he is “imprisoned” because of COVID-19. But then, he’s still still confined in a prison of memories. “Divya brushed her teeth…” he types out, then deletes the scene in his screenplay and writes, “Divya was alone at home…” That’s what he wants. “Divya” without anyone around, “Divya” without her husband and her twins…

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