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Kanchivaram Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Monday, March 23, 2009 • Tamil ]
Kanchivaram Review
Percept Picture Company/Four Frames Pictures
Prakash Raj, Shreya Reddy
Shailendra Singh
M G Sreekumar

Hitherto known for his commercial masala entertainers, Priyadharshan has made a complete film that is educative, engrossing and emotional.

Perhaps making a vow to come out with a movie of his career, Priyadharashan has taken utmost efforts to narrate the plight of silk weavers, who lead a life of poverty and penury in `Kanchivaram', considered the silk town of the country.

`Kanchivaram' begins at the Central Prison, Madras Province, in 1948, from where Priyadharshan subsequently employs a back-and-forth structure. The film mainly throws light on the lives of Vengadam (Prakash Raj), his wife Annam (Shriya Reddy) and their daughter (Shammu).

Vengadam promises before the village to marry his daughter in a silk sari. Since affording silk is out of question, he starts stealing tiny threads of silk on a regular basis from workplace. On a parallel note he is leading the villagers in the Communist revolution.

How his individual activities collectively influence his daughter's marriage and his assurance of gifting her one pure silk `Kanchivaram' sari forms the crux of the movie, whose screenplay is so artfully done.

Prakash Raj has played the role of his life. He brings out all his distraught emotions comfortably on screen. Be it showing love towards his wife or caring for his daughter, he is right there delivering it. Equally appealing is Shreya Reddy. She has a meaty role to play and comes out in flying colours. Shammu is charming as Prakash's daughter.

Noted Malayalam musician M.G.Sreekumar has come up with a musical score that is heart-rending. His subtle background score add up to the emotions. Thiru's camera explores brings out the dull and black life of silk weavers, who spin colourful cloth. Sabu Cyril's art direction of an ancient era sways with top-notching qualities. With accordance to good screenplay of past and present, the editing work has been carried on with best traits.

Prakash Raj's superlative act and Priyadharshan's touchy screenplay make up the movie.

On the whole, though the movie may not have commercial elements to entertain masses, it's a worth watch film that makes one think and ponder.

Rating: 0 / 5.0

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