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Sister concern to the fore

8 December, 2017 7:43 PM
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Muthaiah is back with one more movie on relationships

Rural film specialist Muthaiah has said that his films would always be about relationships. His first, Kutti Puli, was about a mother and son. Komban was about a man and his father-in-law, while Marudhu was about a man and his grandmother. Just when we thought Muthaiah was running out of family members to base his scripts on, he has returned with Kodiveeran.

Here is how Kodiveeran’s opening scene unfolds. A pregnant woman catches her husband cheating on her. Dejected and depressed, she commits suicide by hanging from a tree. Even as she is strangled by the rope, she gives birth.

But this baby does not grow up to become the titular hero of the film. It is a baby girl, and her brother takes it upon himself to raise her.

But what is not that obvious is just how many brothers and sisters make up this drama. It is not just Kodiveeran (Sasikumar) and Parvathi (Sanusha). There is also an upright Revenue Divisional Officer (Vidharth) and his sister Malar (Mahima Nambiar). And then there is also the evil Villangan (Pasupathy) and his sister. Of course, none of them believe in conflict resolution. Every issue is dealt with violence. And that is what reduces an interesting family drama to just another generic, rural entertainer.


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