Achcham Madam Naanam Payirppu
The weekend is here but it is a rather quiet one as far as the OTT content is concerned. This is because the theatres are back with a bang. The Kashmir Files which has been doing terrific business will be joined by another biggie. The much awaited RRR has released today and the euphoria is just at another level. You will soon get a review on it on Popcorn Reviewss but before that I will be reviewing the sole new content on OTT this weekend(if I do not count Valimai), and I finished watching the new Tamil film Achcham Madam Naanum Payirppu on Amazon Prime. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Achcham Madam Naanum Payirppu follows a coming of age story of a girl as she discovers her body needs as well as her likes and dislikes which are forced upon her while growing up. The story is earnest and has its heart in the right place. S*x(have to censor it due to the google ads issue) is a taboo in our country and it definitely looked down upon. But at the end of the day it is a body need which needs to be accepted. When it comes to discussing the needs of a woman, again the moral police mark their attendence. But as far as men are concerned, there are films made which pass off even some serious grievances in the form of a comedy. So there is a disparity which is why I do encourage films like these being made. Firstly, the title of the film might be long but the film is just 80 minutes long, which means the screenplay does not meander. It is taut and almost immediately gets to the point. You are introduced to the protagonist and her world and you soon get to know that she resembles the fish in a bowl of water which is shown right at the start of the film. She is caged and trapped and really wants to break free. Her watershed moment arrives when she plans to make love to her boyfriend for the first time. But nothing goes are planned!
The good bit is that atleast this film acts as a conversation starter. The film is light hearted and breezy but also quirky in many ways. But the downside is that it is a little too simple. The screenplay could have been slightly more layered and atleast 10 odd minutes longer. The conflict introduced gets resolved in the very next scene making this a middling attempt. There are still heartwarming moments which will keep you invested. Overall, a decently penned screenplay!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are quirky and decently well penned. The music is good and the use of BGM is impressive here. The cinematography is pretty good and the production design is excellent giving this film a fresh look. Director Raja Ramamurthy has done a good job although the writing was on the surface and it probably could have been explored further.
The performances are pretty good here. Kiran Keshuv as Sathish and Janaki Sabesh as Naidu aunty have their moments to shine. Shalini Vijayakumar as Jessica is impressive as is Siddhartha Sharkar as Harish. Anjana Jayaprakash as Rathi has a good screen presence and does a fabulous job. Usha Uthup as Charukesi is heartwarming and she will put a smile on your face. Not many people know that Akshara Haasan was my first celebrity crush after I had watched her in Shamitabh. Although I didn’t see her in many projects before that but one of the reasons for reviewing this film was her. And she is brilliant here as Pavithra. She is cute, goofy, confused yet there is a sense of purpose to her character. She is able to extract many emotions effortlessly here. I really wish to watch more of her going forward.
Achcham Madam Naanum Payirppu is a cute and quirky coming of age story but you did expect a little more from it. But it acts as a good conversational starter! Available on Amazon Prime.