Movie Review: Aramm


OVERVIEW: Aramm is a Tamil movie direction by Gopi Nainar which highlights the issue of water scarcity, that happens in a village and how it affects their source of income, which is agriculture. Nayantara stand for the village people and how she deals the influential people, who has the government in hand. The rest of the story narrated with interesting screenplay and powerful dialogues.

REVIEW: The story starts with an inquiry by a senior official on a suspended district collector Madhuvanthini (Nayanthara) who reveals through flashback the events that put her in trouble. Rams and Sunu Lakshmi are an impoverished couple who has a preteen son (Kaaka Muttai Vignesh) and a five year old daughter Danshika living in a water starved village near the famous Srihari Kota. Even as the collector takes step to temporarily solve their water problems Baby Danshika accidentally falls into a narrow 146 feet abandoned bore well hole. Whether the protagonist can take hard decision against her stand as a government servant and help rescue the child alive or not is told in a realistic and nail biting screenplay.

Nayanthara is complete mass as the no nonsense collector. Her majestic appearance and gait bring thundering applause from the crowd and her hard hitting dialogues against the establishment is worthy of any mass hero which she pulls off with elan. The role may not have needed a Nayanthara but the film does and kudos to her for choosing it as the relevant messages will surely reach a much wider audience thanks to her star power. Rams who has played the thug or a murderer in films like ‘Naan Mahan Alla’ and ‘Sathuranga Vettai’ is very effective as the emotional father of the child who maintains a tough exterior but carries love for his family on the inside.

Pazhani Pattaalam a popular face on the television comedy circuit is brilliantly used as the voice of the common man by the director and he has a field day even showcasing an emotional side during the climax. Kaaka Muttai Ramesh as the elder son whose passion is swimming has a key role in the film.

Through the eyes of a 4-year-old, we see Aramm unfolds in a realistic and hard-hitting fashion, raising pertinent questions about the system we live in. The film succeeds in never getting preachy, which has been the case with most films in this space. The biggest highlight of the film is that it leaves an impact and it does without diluting the essence of the subject.

Technically, the film is top-notch. The rescue operation scenes, choreographed extremely well by Peter Hein, will push us to the edge of our seats, choking us with tension. Om Prakash, with his cinematography, creates the perfect atmosphere with his frames and he is well complemented by Ghibran.

Final verdict of the film is Aramm is a slap on the system and reflection of the shameful inequality that plagues our society.