A heart touching Anthology movie!
I saw the trailer of “Putham Pudhu Kaalai” 2-3 weeks back and felt quite pleasant about it. The movie has an ensemble cast of famous actors with five short stories from well-known directors – Sudha Kongara, Gautam Vasudev Menon, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Rajiv Menon & Karthik Subbaraj. Despite the selling points, the movie started streaming from 16th October 2020 on Prime Video with no much promotion or hype. Not much publicity or social media buzz but, the trailer is quite impressive and, the title track from G V Prakash is so soothing. All of these things made me want to watch this film. So, I watched this movie on the day of its premiere.
To my surprise, Putham Pudhu Kaalai is a neatly made anthology film, better than many anthology films that have come so far in the South film Industry. Also, it is much better than recent south OTT release disappointments such as Nisabdham, Orey Bujji ga, Penguin, Metro Kathalu etc. Of course, I shouldn’t be comparing this film with those but what I intend to say is, this is finally a sigh of relief for those who have been waiting for this kind of content. The brave part of this film is that all the 5 stories have a backdrop of Covid 19 and were shot during the Covid 19 Pandemic. Isn’t it challenging for all these 5 filmmakers? Absolutely true, yet they made the film release on Prime Video. Kudos to them!
Due to outdoor shooting constraints in this covid time, 90% of the shooting is confined to indoors. As I said Putham Pudhu Kaalai is a fresh breath of air among the recent OTT streaming releases. The 5 Short stories speak about love, hope, & new beginnings amidst the Covid 19 Pandemic.
Out of the five stories, my personal favorite is Sudha Kongara’s “Ilamai Idho Idho” – the breezy love story of a young and elder couples, well-performed, and delightfully narrated out of the comfort zone.
Avarum Naanum – Avalum Naanum (Gautam Vasudev Menon) – Heartwarming tale of the granddaughter(Ritu Varma) and thaatha (MS Bhaskar aced it). Kanna Thoothu Poda track by Govind Vasantha in Bombay Jayshree’s voice is just blissful.
Reunion (Rajiv Menon) – Story of a reunion between two school mates, one of them is a well-known doctor but suspected of Covid 19 and another one is a rock band singer with drug-addiction. One of a kind of story with moments of despair and repair. Well done!
Coffee Anyone? (Suhasini Mani Ratnam) – Story of 3 sisters (Suhasini, Anu Hassan & Shruti Hassan) and relationship with their ill mother and caretaking father. It is quite an emotional story, absolutely loved it. It reminded me of my grandparents. Fantastic job done by Suhasini Mani Ratnam and Mani Ratnam, the co-writer for this short film.
Miracle (Karthik Subbaraj) – The anthology film ends with a smart cracker. Subtle and humorous with his trademark touch of twist. Fun ride!
“Putham Pudhu Kaalai” is a brilliant attempt with feel-good narratives of people and relationships amidst this covid outbreak with beautiful music score all over it, well delivered. It shows heart touching messages on love, family, relationships, compassion, optimism, understanding, and bonding to, name a few. It helps when the movies are written in a way that appeals to all age groups. Cinematography by Rajiv Menon & P C Sreeram is excellent and forms the backbone in storytelling. The editing is neat though there are slow moments. The music is good, soothing and, my favorite is the title track by GV Prakash.
Overall, “Puthum Pudhu Kaalai is very progressive and a rare gem of cinema to hit the OTT screen. Moreover, it’s a complete family entertainer. Go stream it and enjoy😊