Kanchivaram (2008)





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South Indian directorial mainstay Priyadarshan (Malamal Weekly) helms this arthouse-style drama, made after the filmmaker's temporary sojourn into Bollywood material. Vengadam (Prakash Raj of Mayajalam) is a village weaver, clinging to the traditional hierarchical way of life despite the radical sociopolitical shifts sweeping through India. His dream involves weaving together a silk sari for his infant daughter's eventual wedding day, but alas, he could never afford buying such an expensive item - so he pilfers threads from the shop, one by one, and weaves them together, as the years pass, only producing the garment gradually. Meanwhile, broader changes unfurl in the community and the nation at large, and those changes eventually touch Vengadam's life in such a profound way that he cannot possibly ignore it. From a social activist friend, he learns of the Russian Revolution and suddenly attains awareness of the social injustice plaguing his own life, realizing that he can no longer tolerate or accept it. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Priyadarshan, a director more known for his Bollywood hits, has made a film that is quite the anti-Bollywood movie. The story is about a silk weaver in India during the WW2 years who promises his baby daughter that she will have a silk sari for her wedding but has not the means to afford it. Though there are some elements of comedy, the tone of the film towards the end is downright depressing. Nice visuals with images of beautiful colorful silk against the desaturated color of the background and costumes.

Peter Lee
Peter Lee

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