Oru Pakka Kathai on ZEE5: Kalidas Jayaram and Megha Akash in a story about a miracle that has its moments

Posted on December 25, 2020


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Balaji Tharaneetharan may be the gentlest filmmaker in Tamil cinema today. The smallest of plot points is treated with dignity. But the second half needed more work.

Spoilers ahead…

It’s a clever title: Oru Pakka Kathai. It means “a short story”, a story short enough to be told on a single page. It also means “a one-sided story”. It revolves around Meera (Megha Akash), who is a typical college-goer. She still has that girly innocence — she sleeps in a cotton candy-coloured night-suit that has a butterfly pattern all over it. Meera is in love with Saravanan (Kalidas Jayaram). The film is about a “miracle” that erupts in their lives, and it’s apt that it opens with a religious discourse in Meera’s house. (This is a good point to note that “Meera” is itself a religious name.) This long stretch — anchored by the discourse — is easily the most beautifully sustained piece of direction by Balaji Tharaneetharan. He orchestrates a small symphony of rituals and domestic chores, gestures and murmured words. 

The discourse is about an episode from the Mahabharata, and it lays the groundwork for some of the film’s key questions. Take Jesus. Is He a product of religion (the Immaculate Conception), or mere science (parthenogenesis)? Does God always have to be male? Can avatars of God present themselves in the present day? If yes, would the skies pour down, like they did on the day of Krishna’s birth?

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