Putham Pudhu Kaalai on Amazon Prime Video: Some sharp moments in a mostly pleasant but generic anthology

Posted on October 15, 2020



Karthik Subbaraj’s short is the ‘late-a vandhalum latest-a varuven’ of the bunch. GVM’s is nice, too.

Spoilers ahead…

It’s the season for anthologies, and Amazon Prime Video gives us one based on the theme of “New Beginnings”. The first short is by Sudha Kongara. It features Jayaram, Urvasi, Kalidas Jayaram and Kalyani Priyadarshan — and it has two terrific conceits. One of them I cannot reveal. I’ll just say it’s about how love literally makes us younger — feel younger, look younger. Indeed, the title is Ilamai Idho Idho. (There’s another Ilaiyaraaja song homage in the final short, Miracle, directed by Karthik Subbaraj. Here, the song is Oru kili uruguthu.) The other sweet touch is a small nod to Alaipaayuthey. A couple makes a plan to watch the movie. Then, as they are forced to spend increasing amounts of time together due to the lockdown, they begin to bicker like the characters played by Madhavan and Shalini.

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