‘Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum’ movie review: An extraordinary portrayal of the ordinary

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Director Vasant Si Sai’s powerful anthology delves deeply into the minds of women from three time periods.

Much of Tamil cinema is about capturing unique events or exaggerating ordinary events. But this week seems different. If Maanadu – time-loop thriller currently in theaters, OTT release Sivaranginium Innum Sila Pengalum (currently broadcast on Sony LIV) also revolves around recurring events …. but of a different kind.

Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum (Tamil)

  • Cast: Parvati, Kaliesvari, Lakshmi Priya
  • Direction: Vasanth S Sai

Sarasvati, Devaki and Shivaranjani are women from different walks of life, but the routine of everyday life is a common thread that connects them. Using the day-to-day experiences women go through, including the many things they have to do to keep men comfortable in the home, director Vasant Sai makes a relevant and powerful social commentary. Like a recent Malayalam film Great Indian Cuisineit also reflects how men act (and sometimes control) women in the home.

The anthology begins with Saraswati, who has to earn his living in the lower middle class. With a husband who seems indifferent (Karunakaran, a refreshing change from his comic outings) and a child to take care of, Saraswati’s life seems to be going nowhere.

Women in the other two segments – Devaki and Sivaranjani – belong to different times and seem to be quite wealthy; they live in large houses, and the people around them seem to be considerate, and sometimes even envy them. Devaki has a prestigious job, and Sivaranjani has won recognition in sports, but after marriage, their life is drawn into routine. They may be financially secure, but like Saraswati, they too are stumped and unable to get rid of the routine.

Unlike many women-oriented films in Tamil cinema, where the protagonist usually puts on an unusual event to win plaudits, there is a break with the mundane. The only exception to this occurs in the Sivaranjani part, where a seemingly routine action gets a standing ovation in what is probably the only “movie” episode in the film.

The film is primarily about women, but it also reflects how men react to certain situations in the family. If a crying child seems to annoy a man on the one hand, then the opacity of the diary is the main problem on the other. Demonstrating how men react to the development of situations in ordinary families, director Vasant brings to mind some rather important points about how we lead our lives. His casting helps a lot; Essays about three women are written by Parvati, Kaliesvari and Lakshmi Priya, who play them with ease and confidence. There is also striking cinematography; The lighting used in the Saraswati segment and the placement of the camera inside the house in the Sivaranjani segment are aspects worth enjoying. The film’s slow pace and lack of action may alienate some viewers, but layering the episodes and the main message is a good price to pay for your patience.

All three films have one young dumb viewer – a child in the house who watches life as it unfolds. In Sarasvati there is a crying child, in Devaki there is a naughty cricket-loving boy, and in Shivaranjani there is a schoolgirl; much like us viewers, they passively observe things over which they have little control. Will they grow up to be like their mothers or fathers, or will they take unexpected paths? This thought of Vasant leaves us in thought.

Sivaranginium Innum Sila Pengalum currently streaming on Sony LIV



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