Sethum Aayiram Pon (2019) is one of those movies that are about the lives in our villages which are for the good and the worse based on strong family & community bonds, which are keeping alive the traditions and culture of the land. The story is about a granddaughter from the city visiting unwillingly her estranged grandma, who is the village Cryer for the dead. The film is available on Netflix and also on Amazon Prime Video.
Veteran stage actress Srilekha Rajendran, who I remember seeing during my school days performing on Tamil stage plays, is now popular in TV serials, comes in this film as the grandma, a role she has done effortlessly. As her granddaughter, Nivedhithaa Sathish who had earlier acted in Sillu Karupatti (2019) has done the bold character well. Am I not sure why Director’s resort to having characters smoke to show their boldness, in this one too the heroine is shown to be smoking and that could’ve been avoided.
Even though the story is a familiar one, a modern-day adaptation of Fazil’s classic Poove Poochooda Vaa (1985), the director Anand Ravichandran has managed to give an engaging film. Seeing the scenes of wailing called oppari (ஒப்பாரி) a traditional art form in Tamil Nadu, I was reminded of a Japanese film Departures (2008) which is one of my all-time favourite films. A nice offbeat film to watch.