Thursday, February 14, 2008

A peck in the cheek


It's not everyday that a movie moves me enough to write about it. Even rarer, if it makes me write something good about it. :)

I watched the movie Kannathil Muthamittal (2002) yesterday night. Alone. It struck a chord somewhere deep inside me. There have been times when I've got into introspective moods and wondered what drives sane people to have kids. What would motivate one to sacrifice a lazy romantic life willingly to years of sleepless nights, nappy changings, tantrums and the horrors of teenage hormones! Why do we sign up for 20 years of madness willingly? And every time I think about it or talk to people about it, the answer is always the same - can't be explained. It's a mystery. This movie doesn't explain it either, but it makes a good attempt to explore human emotions when it comes to relationships which has a child on one side.

The movie is the story of a girl whose perfect world topples before her eyes when her parents reveal on her birthday that she was adopted from a Red Cross camp. That she was abandoned at birth by a woman who is a mystery to all of them. The child’s obsessive drive to connect with her birth mother is what drives the movie. Unconditional love of the adoptive parents, her birth mother forced to become a terrorist, the peaceful life we enjoy in India, war-savaged Sri Lanka are all very much in your face. The film scores for flawless performances from Madhavan, Simran, Nadita Das and Keerthana - who plays the little girl. Another gem from Mani Ratnam.

The movie is so full positive emotions but it leaves you with a very heavy heart and makes you long to hug your mom and dad once more. You cannot ignore the power of love that runs throughout the movie. It is indeed love that makes us want to live one more day everyday. Nothing else even comes close.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, try to get hold of a DVD with subtitles. Even if you understand Tamil, the Sri Lankan Tamil can be a little overwhelming. Strongly recommended.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Didnt think, of all people, you will be so late on this movie ;-)

It is the question that Amudha asks at the climax of the movie, that keep echoing in your mind. This maybe a spoiler to other readers, so beware. Shyama mentions that everyone can live together once the war is over. And, in all innocence, Amudha asks - "When??". Do we have an answer??

Girl With Big Eyes said...

I've missed out a lot of good movies thanks to the unpredictable work timings in India. I am making up for all that now :)

Good point anon. At the end of that question, everyone look so helpless and vulnerable.

Shanks_P said...

The music score by ARR is also good ....
The child actress is daughter of a hero in Tamil, and she has done a great job ....

Rinchen said...

What prompts people to shoulder decades of child labour? Hahaha.... eternal mysteries for which there may possibly be no answers!

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Join the club :)

Btw maybe you can throw some light on this: What prompts people to shoulder years of 'pet labour' as well?
I get this hunch, the answers for the both the questions would be closely related.

Rinchen said...

Pet labour? Well, in my case - envy of seeing other pet owners having a great time with their dogs. It was only after I got my own that I realized there's more to life than a few tail wags.

I couldnt bring myself to turn the poor pup out. Given a choice, I wonder if I would have not opted for one in the first place.

PS: Do you think my last possibility of a scenario would have the same answers from any human parents? ;)

Girl With Big Eyes said...

I guess it's the same case with human 'pets' as well.
Children look damn cute when they are somebody else's, don't they?

Anonymous said...

Will http://arjunkutti.blogspot.com/ answer your question somewhere??

I just chanced upon both your (Arjun's and yours)blogs and could not help but think of a connection.

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Thanks for the link Anon.