Ka Pae Ranasingam (க. பெ. ரணசிங்கம்) is a movie that handles an important subject but was made poorly. I am disappointed that the talents of the two actors I like a lot, Vijay Sethupathi and Aishwarya Rajesh, were not supported with a strong screenplay. The film was about the difficulty faced by a poor widow to bring back the remains of her dead husband from Dubai. It wants to show the complete apathy of our bureaucracy to the plights of its citizens and how its foreign affairs let other countries exploit our workers for personal gains.

The heroine Aishwarya Rajesh was meant to be fighting for her rights, instead, she randomly goes to places and knocks on doors with no plan whatsoever. How can a plea that was turned down by Madras High Court (Madurai Branch) with the strongest criticism get heard sympathetically by a Union Cabinet Minister and the Prime Minister? Not only in these two incidents, even when see visits Tamil Nadu’s CM cell, she commits serious security breaches.

A couple of my friends who saw the movie liked it, but it didn’t work for me. When the poor village widow who is made to run from pillar to post for over ten months to get her husband’s remains, sees in TV the remains of a film star (late Ms Sridevi) flown back to the country within 72 hours with state honours, as an audience you should be crying in anger, instead those visuals just come and go.

The film is available on Zee5, not part of their subscription and has to be bought separately for Rs.199.

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