Director: Rathindran R Prasad
Navarasa, an anthology created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan has brought together 9 directors and a huge star cast to convey 9 different stories, 9 different emotions. The seventh episode Inmai explores the rasa ‘Bhaya’ means fear/panic. Starring Siddharth and Parvathy Thiruvothu this episode is sure shot a hit among the audience.
Set in Pondicherry, the episode opens with a mellow conversation between a rich lady Wahida and her visitor Farooq. Farooq impresses Wahida with his knowledge of calligraphy, and she asks him to help her with decorating a room with art pieces. What follows next is a series of unexpected events. Through flashback portions, the director reveals the identity of Wahida and slowly instil the idea of black magic and supernatural element while in the end it turns out to be a whole new story.
Wahida in her younger age requesting for a djinn to kill her husband
The story of great violence and surprise revelations is presented through a beautiful bubble. Finally the episode ends with Farooq (Jaffar’s son) revealing the actual truth to Wahida, this is a whole new revelation. Wahida’s death is the result of the fear with which she is been living through for years. Her actions hint that she feared the djinn, who is a metaphor for punishment. Her fear drives her to slit her own throat without knowing the full truth. This episode leaves the audience in fear, suspicion, shock and a mixed lot of emotions. A must watch!
Farooq impresses Wahida with his knowledge of calligraphy
Undoubtedly one of the best episodes of Navarasa as it conveyed the emotion it tried to explore precisely. The cast is spectacular, Siddharth and Parvathy Thiruvothu nailed their characters. The actors has put in their heart and flesh and carried the emotion of the story and it is visibly seen. Ammu Abhirami needs a special mention, she led the show as young Wahida.
The background score for this film has been created by Vishal Bhardwaj and it elevates the storyline perfectly. There are a lot of pauses in Inmai which are filled with great music. Even technically, the episode did its best. Camera angles, locations, costume and lightning everything was on point. With the amazing screenplay, visuals and background score Inmai is just WOW! Every episode in the series is supposed to portray an emotion and Inmai does its job brilliantly, while many others fail.
Check out the detailed Navarasa review here!