Aruvam’ Movie Review!
Direction: Sai Sekhar
Production: Kleem Entertainment
Cast: Siddharth, Catherine Tresa, Kabir Duhan Singh,
Sathish, ‘Aadukalam’ Naren & Madhusudhan Rao
Music: S Thaman
Cinematography: N. K. Ekambaram
Editor: Praveen KL
Jothi (Catherine Tresa) feels so much worse because of her defect of not having a sense of smell since her birth. Working as a Government school teacher, she ensures to help everyone in need whereas her father (‘Aadukalam’ Naren) wishes her to get married by forgetting her defect. Getting impressed by her helping tendency, Jagannathan (Siddharth) falls in love with her and proposes to her for marriage. In order not to have any problems in the future, Jothi denies Siddharth’s marriage proposal. However, Siddharth waits for her to accept his proposal, Jothi meets with an accident where she gets her smelling sense such that she thinks to accept Siddharth’s proposal by then. On the other hand, Jothi is involved in a murder case as a suspect in which she is trapped by a gang of men, torturing her to tell why she had murdered. Being innocent, how will Jothi escape from such accusations and who had actually done such murder? Is there any back story for the murders? The shapeless story will get the proper shape or not will be revealed in the climax of ‘Aruvam’!
Starting off with a good idea of the lack of smelling sense and also with the facts of food adulteration in the present-day scenarios, 'Aruvam' is a good attempt of Sai Sekhar such that the over-exaggerated CG and also the portrayal of usual horror film template seems to make tiring while we watch. Apart from that, Siddharth's 'Food Safety Officer' character and also the 'so good and servicing minded' character of Catherine Tresa seemed to have been an overdo in the screenplay. I hope the director must have seen Raghava Lawrence's 'Kanchana 1: Muni 2' for multiple times to create haunting moments and similar instances. Besides all that, the cinematography, editing, and the romantic song seemed descent in the entire film.
There is no doubt that Siddharth had really skipped his chocolate boy look but it also looked so obvious that he had been maintaining the same character which he had been playing in the Netflix web series 'Leila' and his previous movie release 'Sivappu Manjal Pachai' as a strict officer such that he will really make us think 'where the sweet and charming actor has gone?' and 'why and what had made him to select the script of 'Aruvam''. Adding beauty with the smile and cute reactions, Catherine Tresa's characterization seemed over-exaggerated because of squeezing more details to her character. Sathish seemed very passive with the humor instances whereas as a father, 'Aadukalam' Naren had done a decent job. Apart from them, Kabir Duhan Singh, Madhusudhan Rao and other negative characters had done their performances well.
1) The main idea of the story
2) Technical aspects
What doesn’t work?
1) The usual templated horror thriller
2) Predictable scenes and logic mistakes
On the whole, the meaning of 'Aruvam' which is actually 'shapeless' seems to be the same in the film because of the usual templated horror concept but with an interesting idea!
'Aruvam' is shapeless because of not bringing up the expectations!
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