Krishand’s ‘Aavasavyuham’, now on SonyLiv, is an eco-drama that’s  a brilliant subversion of both form and content

Posted on August 4, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

The film plays like a revenge story mixed with a mockumentary, and.  The eco-issues spoken about are all too real. But the treatment is surreal. 

The best thing about Krishand’s new film, Aavasavyuham, is its English title: “The Arbit Documentation Of An Amphibian Hunt”. It describes so well what’s about to follow, the hunt for an amphibian that is told in a deliberately arbitrary way. The basic template is one that we know from popular cinema: this is a revenge story. One man kills another. The latter’s family sets out to kill this killer. But the template of the narrative is what we know from non-mainstream cinema: this is a kind of mockumetary, filled with narrations of people who knew the killer, and this lends the film a loose sort of Rashomon effect. The eco-issues spoken about are all too real. But the treatment is surreal. The result is a brilliant subversion of both form and content.

You can read the rest of the review here:

https://www.galatta.com/malayalam/movie/review/avasavyuham/

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