With a battalion of actors similar to Jyotika, Sasikumar and Samuthirakani on the centre, it’s disappointing that director Period Saravanan feeds them with meat substitute as an alternative of uncooked meat in ‘Udanpirappe’, which appears like a big bowl missing each sausage and cream
It’s telling that Udanpirappe has a leap lower proper firstly, on the Thirteenth-minute mark. The enhancing mishap comes out of nowhere and has a temple priest providing a ritual, murmuring one thing concerning the lacking goddess idol and bringing ill-fortune to the village.
Apparently, it’s a cue. Lower to subsequent, we see a motley group of ladies — planting seedlings — going berserk after they be taught that Chinaayi aka Maathangi (Jyotika, who tries her greatest to maintain the movie afloat. There are lip-sync points) is lacking. They search within the pocket of marsh land and the information quickly reaches her husband and brother.
Vairavan (Sasikumar) notices bubbles encircling the floor of the water and there emerges Maathangi, carrying the lacking deity. Years of publicity to P Vasu, KS Ravikumar and the very latest Pandiaraj movies have taught us that the rationale behind writing such a scene may imply just one factor: that Maathangi is the deity — no less than for Vairavan. And he or she will get handled like one.
- Forged: Jyotika, Sasikumar, Samuthirakani, Soori and Sija Rose
- Director: Period Saravanan
- What’s it about?: An unlucky demise causes rift between Vairavan and his sister Maathangi’s husband, Sargunam. Within the ensuing battle, Maathangi is torn between her brother and husband.
As for the movie, Udanpiraape is every part that Namma Veetu Pillai wasn’t. Or, it could possibly be mentioned as Namma Vettu Pillai, with 2X melodrama, achieved horribly flawed. Right here too, we get a sibling pair in Sasikumar and Jyotika. Right here too, we get a moody brother-in-law in Samuthirakani, though he isn’t too grumpy right here. Right here too, the households of Vairavan and Maathangi are at loggerheads. There’s D Imman in each movies. However, why isn’t Udanpiraape not even half-entertaining as Namma Veetu Pillai? One suspects the most important miss is writing. Allow us to breakdown by way of characters:
Vairavan, on paper, is a violent individual. He believes in sathyam greater than regulation and his violence comes from righteousness — a guardian angel like an Ayyanar, as Maathangi says. Agreed. However look how Period Saravanan imagines Vairavan’s scenes. In his introduction, with a pummelling rating by D Imman which will get performed each time Sasikumar seems on the display screen, which is most instances, Vairavan beats up folks as a result of they harm an animal, not figuring out they have been after him. He bashes folks of his personal caste for gazing at and passing lewd feedback at girls from supposedly decrease caste. He saves farmers from mortgage sharks…Saravanan will need to have believed these could be sufficient to map Vairavan for the viewers. However we consider it’s a quintessential template for ‘rural’ movies.
Sargunam (Samuthirakani) too is handled like a cardboard character, refusing to offer him the house to breathe. If Vairavan is righteous, Sargunam is sensible and logical. He believes in regulation and Vairavan in lawlessness. You get the drill.
As goes with Maathangi. Simply discover how a trivial piece of data involving Maathangi is slipped within the background, in a scene that, after all, has the thalli sentiment. The household feud between Vairavan and Maathangi makes up a lot of the drama. We additionally get a way of why they’re warring, however the movie fails to clarify why Maathangi does what she did. Due to the absence of why, the flashback appears forcefully inserted and laughable at greatest.
As a result of these two households must reunite, Saravanan writes a lacklustre episode round an MLA’s son (performed by Kalaiarasan). There’s a entire portion round sexual assault too, and why are we even complaining? Caste and sexual assault are two of the most well liked points Tamil cinema has chosen to commercialise. However the issue right here isn’t that; it’s written as an afterthought to a jarring proportion. The director’s lack of ability to extract drama clearly reveals, for Udanpirappe appears like a lavish pitch for a mega serial and never like the massive, fats, household movie it intends to be.
These are points with respect to writing and filmmaking. However I’ll give credit score to Saravanan for an outstanding scene involving an infertile couple; what the person says isn’t one thing Tamil cinema heroes would normally say, so, cheers to that.
Udanpirappe is at present streaming on Amazon Prime Video.