Ka Pae Ranasingam on Zee Plex, with Aishwarya Rajesh and Vijay Sethupathi: An impressive dramatic debut for director P Virumaandi

Posted on October 2, 2020



Aishwarya Rajesh, after Kanaa, gets a role that gives her the gamut. And Vijay Sethupathi is in marvellous form.

Spoilers ahead…

I’ll begin with a scene with a government official in Ramanathapuram. A young woman has discovered that her Dubai-employed husband has died. (He was one of the numerous anonymous Indians who worked in the numerous anonymous jobs there.) She wants the body flown back, to see him one last time and also to lay him to rest in the land he loved so much. But first, she needs to prove she’s the legal wife — and she has no proof. The marriage took place in a temple, and there’s not even a photograph to prove it happened. So she goes to the government official, because she wants some kind of marriage certificate. The government official asks for the relevant documents. When she says she has none, my mind — conditioned by years of Tamil-cinema training — conjured up what would come next. The man’s going to ask for a bribe. Or worse, he’s going to ask for her. But he simply shrugs and turns her away. What he says makes sense. What if another woman turned up another day and claimed that she was the wife?

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