In his movie Oraalppokkam that doesn’t even have a two hour long duration; Sanal Kumar Sasidharan has managed to squeeze in many perspectives and ideas in a way that leaves you lingering over those thoughts.  The fundamentally self searching kind of idea gets an extension because of the backdrop he selected for the film.

Mahesh, who considers himself as an unorthodox progressive thinker, was in a long time live in relationship with Maya who also had a similar taste. The breakup and the subsequent incidents where Mahi unknowingly becomes concerned about his missing ex partner and sets off to a journey without a clear destination point is what Oraalppokkam showing us.

As I said, the multiple subjects that come in the narrative are the main attraction of this movie. It teases the fake progressive mask of Mahi where he can’t tolerate criticism. Director uses the premises of the calamity to explain certain human behaviour and in the mean time he shows us the impacts of our invasion in the mountains. The characters in the hallucinated world of Mahi represent diverse subjects.

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan narrates it in the real and raw format with less amount of sophisticated intellectual conversation. The sort of philosophy that comes in the narrative is digestible and at the same time impressive.  The screenplay nicely mixed the natural calamity and the emotional conflicts.  The crowd funded film’s cinematography isn’t that alluring but some frames looked really innovative. The sound design of the movie was impressive.

Prakash Bare performs really well as Mahi. The dilemma of the character was portrayed nicely by the actor. Writer Meena Kandasamy also did justice to the character offered to her.

Honestly speaking I feel that I will have to watch it again to explore the film in its totality. Oraalppokkam still impressed me with its passionate narrative that never deliberately tried to be complicated. The rating for the film is 3.5/5.

Final Thoughts

The fundamentally self searching kind of idea gets an extension because of the backdrop he selected for the film.


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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