Sai Pallavi and Kaali Venkat are in top form in Gautham Ramachandran’s ‘Gargi’, a beautifully made drama about a woman’s fight for justice

Posted on July 14, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

This is creative teamwork of the finest kind – not just because it’s such a well-crafted film, but because it’s such an old and familiar story that WHAT is being told has to be supplemented with HOW it is being told.


In Gautham Ramachandran’s Gargi, Sai Pallavi plays a teacher. In her first scene, she is invigilating an exam. Soon, her father is implicated in a child abuse case and her life itself will become an exam, with her character anxiously awaiting the result – just like these children now. Two things are established in this scene: one is text, one is subtext. The text is this: in a call with her boyfriend, played by Kalesh Ramanand, she shows how much she values her father, how much she is willing to give up for him. And this is much before her father is arrested. The subtext is that she is a teacher. Her job, in a way, is to teach people to do the right thing. By the end, we will know if she does the right thing, too.

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