Cataract becomes a metaphor for patriarchy in Sivaram Mony’s ‘Thimiram’ (KK Sudhakaran, Vishak Nair), an okayish message movie with some lovely writing

Posted on May 10, 2021


Spoilers ahead…



Thimiram starts with a little boy getting two pieces of fish while a little girl gets only one. The mother herself says that’s enough for the girl. As the boy lazes around, the girl does the chores. As he grows up, he becomes a voyeur. This is sort of like a flashback and we are then introduced to the seventy-year old Sudhakaran (KK Sudhakaran) who has a cataract problem. The camera is shown blurred — as though smeared with vaseline — in shots that are from his point of view, and we don’t see much. 

But old habits die hard; the fact that he has a cataract doesn’t change the way he behaves with women. He still goes behind the local sex worker, and a widow who runs a grocery store and he harasses women. He also hates his daughter-in-law (Meera Nair) because she failed to bring in any dowry; he disallows her from serving him food. He doesn’t like it when her slippers are at the top of the rack; he thinks women’s slippers should be at the bottom. The cataract becomes a metaphor for his blindness: his inability to see men and women as equal and treat them both the same. 

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