Charlie Davis’s ‘Sundari Gardens’, starring Aparna Balamurali and Neeraj Madhav, and now on SonyLIV, is a gentle, unremarkable drama

Posted on September 2, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

There’s no melodrama in Suma and there’s no melodrama in the movie. Even love is treated with the lightest of touches.

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The press note for Sundari Gardens, directed by Charlie Davis, has this synopsis: “Our protagonist is Sundari Mathews popularly known as Suma. She is a quirky, geeky and bold school librarian. She lives with her mother. Suma meets Victor, the school’s new English teacher. Through several meetings, Suma and Victor get to know each other. Over the course of several months, Suma falls for Victor. Suma decides to follow her heart despite the apparently overwhelming implausibilities.” You’re probably thinking, as I did, that we are in for a sweet rom-com, or a light romantic drama. But the story we get has cancer, divorce, domestic abuse, teen pregnancy, Facebook stalking, sibling rivalry… The film feels like that synopsis. It underplays everything. It opens with an image of rain, and behind there’s blurred greenery. It’s the most soothing image you can find to open a movie with this subject matter.

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