Why we need more Paava Kadhaigal

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Written by Manoj Kumar R
| Bengaluru |

December 20, 2020 5:05:11 pm





Paava Kadhaigal is streaming on Netflix.

We should thank Vetri Maaran for steering his producers and colleagues in the direction of making an anthology film chronicling the sins that folks commit within the identify of honour. If not for him, we could have ended up with 4 romantic tales, as a substitute of 4 gut-wrenching tales which might be well timed and related.

Vetri Maaran is correct to make use of the liberty and the chance that the medium of OTT supplies him to look at a topic that’s seldom addressed in mainstream cinema. A platform like Netflix permits the filmmakers to not pull punches whereas digging deep and revealing the grotesque face of violence stemming from folks’s unwillingness to acknowledge that each one human beings are born free and equal. It is a disgrace that we are at the start of 2021, and nonetheless, this common fact is difficult to just accept for a lot of.

Each brief movie in Paava Kadhaigal is more disturbing than the earlier one. It is just not a simple watch. Not in any respect. But, ignoring the issues that these tales handle solely reinforces the secure bubble round us, making us more passive and detached to the problems of casteism and bigotry which might be wrecking the lives of individuals round us.

For years, motion pictures have been merciless in terms of portraying transgender characters. And that’s why we need a long time price of films, brief movies and documentaries like Sudha Kongara’s Thangam to rewire our perspective concerning the LGBTQ neighborhood and our response to their points. We need motion pictures that remind us over and over that they too nurture needs, ambitions and lengthy for affection. Thangam additionally exhibits what occurs when society refuses to just accept transgender folks, which successfully denies them the security of household and the regulation, opening them to on a regular basis abuse each emotionally and bodily.

Vignesh Shivan’s Love Panna Uttranum, Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Vaanmagal and Vetrimaaran’s Oor Iravu all take care of society’s notion of how a household’s honour is immediately tied to the chastity of its feminine members. While Vignesh and Gautham tiptoe across the topic with the sensibilities of mainstream filmmakers, Vetrimaaran pushes the boundaries in dehumanising those that commit murders within the identify of honour. Oor Iravu turns us right into a witness of a horror story, which relies on real-life incidents.

Paava Kadhaigal provides a peek on the horrors that people are able to inflicting on others within the identify of honour. And experiences like this may certainly make us more empathetic to the sufferings of others.

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