Movie: Sethum Aayiram Pon
Direction: Anand Ravichandran
Cast: Srilekha Rajendran, Nivedhithaa Sathish, Avinash Raghudevan
Music: Shamanth Nag
Cinematographer: Manikantan Krishnamachary
Editor: Prakash Karunanithi
What is it about: It’s a Tamil drama independent film, which revolves around Krishnaveni (Srilekha Rajendran) and her granddaughter Meera (Nivedhithaa Sathish) who meet after a hiatus period of separation. The film is directed by Anand Ravichandran.
We should appreciate and applaud this young director who ventures into such subjects rather diving into the glitz of Tamil cinema.
Independent films often face the challenge of getting it released in theatres. But now we can say gone are those days where OTT saves the day. Indian independent films have always been rich in heritage and content and this film is no different. Netflix released this film on April 1st and finally I got to watch it. This rural drama keeps it very simple with no nonsense writing and instantly connects with the roots. We should appreciate and applaud this young director who ventures into such subjects rather diving into the glitz of Tamil cinema. I personally love independent films a lot. The vision of the creator stays intact with no dilution. Loved every bit of the film right from the writing to making.
The casting was great. They had great chemistry among them. To start with, Srilekha Rajendran as Krishnaveni. She was spot on and did a great job. Then it was Nivedhithaa Sathish as Meera she dished out a diligent performance. Played the character to its best. Avinash Raghudevan as Kuberan did a commendable job. Gabrella Sellus as Amudha may have a small stint but she makes a strong impression. All of them were so comfortable with each other which became the strong suit of the film.
The cinematography by Manikantan Krishnamachary was raw and fit the mood. Prakash Karunanithi did a great job at editing. The score by Shamanth Nag was mellow and folksy.
Verdict: Anand Ravichandran had a good sense of filmmaking and presented an honest film which sticks to its roots. The film is emotionally strong and connects instantly. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but if you’re in mood for pure cinema don’t miss it. It’s streaming on Netflix.
Watch the Trailer here: