R Kaiser Anand’s ‘Anel Meley Pani Thuli’, starring Andrea Jeremiah as a rape survivor, on SonyLIV, is a strong story that needed stronger writing

Posted on November 18, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

There are many good points – both narratively, and with regard to character – in this film produced by Vetri Maaran. But everything feels like a “list of things to be included” rather than something organically woven through a script.

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Andrea Jermiah plays a sports-store manager named Mathi in R Kaiser Anand’s Anel Meley Pani Thuli. I liked this touch. The real-life Andrea comes across as a strong personality, and she pours that strength into Mathi. The fact that Mathi is in track pants and working in a place that sells work-out equipment adds to her sporting past, which she had to give up. And yet, she has somehow found a way back to be in sports, even if only through a store. Like I said, I liked this touch, this reminder of her determination, her quiet strength in finding a way to do what she wants to do. Mathi demonstrates this strength in a scene where a staff-girl is being harassed by the man she loved, before discovering he was a shady character. The man barges into the store. After some commotion, Mathi has him thrown out. Later, her boss asks her, “Why do you hire women who create these problems?” Mathi replies, “But it’s the guy who’s creating the problem.” .

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