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January 15th, 2018 - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal

January 15th, 2018

January 15th, 2018
08:25 am


The first twenty minutes of Tamil film Aruvi are brilliant - Using several fast cuts, background music and a few songs, the film tells the story of a young girl, Aruvi - the childhood days at a village, an affectionate, middle class family, short picnics, arrival of a younger brother, movement to the city, Aruvi as a pampered teenage girl going to school - it is wonderful to see the way a whole lot of things are conveyed through these brief 20 minutes worth of scenes in a beautiful way, in a fast pace but still connecting with the viewer in an emotional way. The narration style was very unique and innovative, and debut director Arun Prabu Purushothaman shows great promise in these scenes.

I wished that the entire movie had followed that pattern; But there is a change of gear there, and we realize that the initial scenes were to create a background for the remaining part of the film, which has a few long sequences that address multiple topics like criticism on the media injecting consumerism, hypocrisy of "television reality shows", etc. The performance by debut actor Aditi Balan in the key role is amazing, and overall Aruvi makes great viewing.

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