His way of protest is what impresses Ariyanachi, it is subtle yet brave. Their love story is very equal, in the sense, Ranasingam treats his better half equally. To him, she has every right as much as he does. But the first scene opens to an officer revealing that Ranasingam is dead in Dubai and that it will take a month for Ranasingam’s body to return to his village. The second half sees Ariyanachi fighting for her husband’s body to reach the village quicker and she tries every which way to do so. Her struggle is real, the emotions are felt while watching, we tend to move along with her struggle, we feel her frustration and we feel her pain.
The highlight of this film is unbeatably @aishwaryarajessh. Wondering why she isn’t the protagonist throughout, Aishwarya Rajesh’s struggle is felt within us. She carries the film effortlessly on her shoulders despite Vijay Sethupathi developing a protagonist character in the first half. Ariyanachi shines bright despite being the shadow, in fact, she is a shadow that shines brighter than the concept itself.
Even if Vijay Sethupathi had played a cameo as Ariyanachi’s husband, the film would have taken a rather different yet beautiful shape. As mentioned earlier, Aishwarya as Ariyanachi is the kind of revolutionary characters we would like to see throughout the film. She could make any simple role look like a million bucks and win hearts.
Rangaraj Pandey as the collector has done a decent job and all the other pivotal characters did justice to their given screentime. The cinematography is decent but the screenplay is very slow-paced and drags at several scenes unnecessarily.
Director PK Virumandi has taken and shaped a story out of a news that we simply skim through. A story with a very powerful concept. How men from the village go and work in the Middle East and struggle to live a normal life. A beautiful concept that falls flat at several scenes and is dragged for the sake of it.
The star of the film is undoubtedly Aishwarya Rajesh and without her the story would have been another passing news. We are glad the director had made Aishwarya the lead but we would have been happier if she was the only lead.
Weightage of women: 4.5/5