The climax of Rani Padmini is a fitting finish to such a beautiful film.
Padmini reconciles with her husband. With just the phrase “You wait, I’ll teach you a lesson when you get back home”. She knows he’s sorry. She knows he’s a nice man. But she also knows he’s self centered. And that nothing really has changed.
This is such a beautiful movie because of its subtle treatment of their marriage. He’s a loving husband, he gets her birthday gifts .. but it’s really things which he likes/wants. He tells her she must do as she likes when she hesitantly asks if she can work. But he doesn’t stand up for her to his mother.
And after the reconciliation, she tells him to finish his race and he drives away. And Padmini finds that she is crying. Maybe because the bond she craves, the empathy she needs, it’s never going to be fulfilled by her husband or any other man.
But Rani understands her. And wordlessly hugs her. Woman to woman.
A few days ago I saw a quote by Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma that said that when 2 women come together in film we never explore the relationship between them, rather we only focus on how they are connected to the hero. She said that in the future she would like to do more roles exploring those female relationships. And then I really wanted to share that quote with "Welcome to the Malayalam film industry..we just did this movie.“ I think we should be very, very proud of the fact that we have movies like How Old Are You? coming here, we have a 22 Female Kottayam. I mean, if we look at any industry in India today, I think, along with Marathi and Bengali, the Malayalam industry is one of the best industries that explores female oriented cinema.
Hey! So I'm one of the people who got pulled into cinema from the south and obviously a tad bit late since I never knew it was so much better than most of the shitty Bollywood films these days. Anyways, I've watched a few such as drishyam and Bangalore days which I absolutely loved. And others like Manam where I fell more on love with Shriya (who knew). Could you please recommend me some movies to get started with because I'm not familiar with anything really. Thank you -xo
another nice compliment to my ‘done with Bollywood post’ lol I’m really glad you enjoyed the movies you saw :) Welcome to the wonderful world of South Indian Cinema :)
Now I’ve made a few dozen of these film recommendations in the fast. I’ve noticed (as is the case with me) that a person watching films from an industry they’re not familiar with tends to have seen one movie they really liked, which has an actor or actress they really liked- and then work there way from there using that said actor/actresses filmography.
Nazriya Nazim: *because she has a fairly short filmography I’ll mix the languages- and make an exception on the doubling up rule* BD/OSO
→ Raja Rani (romantic drama) →
→ Neram (comedy thriller)
Mammootty: Pranchiyettan and the Saint (satirical comedy) →
Oru CBI Diary Kurripu (investigative thriller)→
Pappayude Swantham Appoos (family drama) → Munnariyipu (crime drama) or Paleri Manikyam (mystery) or Harikrishnans (investigative thriller/comedy) *It’s hard to narrow this one down as well with some 350+ to choose from*
Mohanlal: Kilukam (rom com) → Chitram (rom com/drama) → Nadodikattu (comedy) → Thanmatra (family/medical drama)
→ Devasuram (action/drama) or Kireedam (drama) or Thoovanathumbikal (romance) or Nammaku Parkan Munthiri Thoopikal (romance) AND Iruvar (biopic) in Tamil
Shobana: Manichitrathazhu (psychological thriller) → Thira (thriller) → Innale (romance drama) → Kanamarayathu (romance drama) → Meelaparambil Aanveedu (rom com) or Mazhayethum Munpe (romance drama) or Thenmavin Koombathu (rom com) or Yathra (romance drama) or Rudraveena (musical drama) *in Telugu*
But let’s try something different this time, a game of sorts- let’s make a pan-South Indian film rec list. The rules are simple. You say which industry you will be focusing on. You list your 3 most recommended (do not put them in again- only use one movie once throughout all the lists). Then you list the most ‘tumblr famous’ actors/actresses from that industry and/or your favourites. Under each name you list your 5 (lol if you can) most recommended films of theirs in order of personal liking- remembering to bracket the genre of the film. And if you’re a good sport like I am you’ll even add the English subbed link. I’ve focused on Malayalam because I’ve grown up on Malayalam films- but if we’re totally lacking in ideas, I can chip in on Dhanush’s, Suirya’s, Yash’s, Tamannah’s, Ram Charan’s and Prabhas’ rec lists (because I’ve basically seen everything with these people in it- but I’d prefer someone from the industry’s fandom doing it). Please feel free to chip in my dear South Indian Squad