SP Jananathan’s ‘Laabam’, with Vijay Sethupathi and Shruti Haasan, is a disappointing series of lectures disguised as a movie

Posted on September 10, 2021


Spoilers ahead…

It’s really tragic when a director cannot see the release of his own film. As a filmmaker, SP Jananathan was a bit like Pa. Ranjith in the sense that he wanted to use his movies as vehicles to convey his ideals to the public. The difference is that with someone like Ranjith, the text comes first and all the subtext comes later. So, there’s a story that we can follow first and whatever Ranjith wants to say remains under the story. There are those who get the subtext, but if they don’t, there’s still the main story to look forward to — the flow of the story or the screenplay never gets disturbed.

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