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Movie Review | Putham Pudhu Kaalai: Soul pleasing bouquet of hope, love & more

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Putham Pudhu Kaalai (English translation: A brand new dawn) review is here. Putham Pudhu Kaalai is a Tamil-language anthology movie, consisting of five short film segments, directed by Sudha Kongara, Gautham Menon, Suhasini Maniratnam, Rajiv Menon and Karthik Subbaraj. The film features an ensemble cast of Jayaram, Urvashi, Kalidas Jayaram, Kalyani Priyadarshan, M S Bhaskar, Ritu Varma, Shruti Haasan, Suhasini Maniratnam, Anu Hasan, Kathadi Ramamurthy, Komalam Charuhasan, Andrea Jeremiah, Gurucharan C, Leela Samson, Bobby Simha, Sharath Ravi, K Muthukumar among others.

The film was entirely shot during the COVID-19 pandemic and was set against the backdrop of the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown in March in India. The film is scheduled to be released through Amazon Prime Video on 16 October 2020.

Putham Pudhu Kaalai movie review

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Bringing together 5 of the most celebrated directors in Tamil cinema – Sudha Kongara, Gautham Menon, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Rajiv Menon and Karthik Subbaraj, Putham Pudhu Kaalai is a first of its kind Indian anthology cinema backed by Amazon Prime Video.

Previously we have had Bombay Talkies, Love Sex Aur Dhokha, Mumbai Cutting, I Am, Darna Mana Hai, etc . from Bollywood and stuffs like Kerala Café, Vedam to name a few from south.

What makes Putham Pudhu Kaalai stand apart is its consistency in delivering what is most important today amidst the Corona Covid-19 scare, the unlock phases and the market uncertainty – Hope.

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The bouquet of five stories consists of hope, longing, belonging, togetherness, love and magic.

Elaborating more may make me a spoiler, so I will be short and sweet in talking about those stories.

Putham Pudhu Kaalai movie still
Putham Pudhu Kaalai movie still

Ilamai Idho Idho

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Starring Jayaram, Urvashi, Kalidas Jayaram and Kalyani Priyadarshan, it’s a sweet story of finding love and youth. Written by Francis Thomas and Shruti Ramachandran, this short story about love has an innovative approach by director Sudha Kongara.

Avarum Naanum/Avalum Naanum

This heartwarming tale of love and longing directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon stars M.S. Bhaskar and Ritu Varma. The end portion will make your heart melt.

Coffee, Anyone?

Directed by Suhasini Mani Ratnam who plays a pivotal role along with Anu Hasan, Shruti Haasan, Suhasini Maniratnam, Kathadi Ramamurthy and Komalam Charuhasan. Coffe, Anyone may be a bit filmy but its sweeping quality of love and togetherness will make you smile.

Reunion

Directed by Rajiv Menon, this coming of age rom-com starring Andrea and Leela Samson along with Sikkhil Gurucharan is charmingly sweet.

Miracle

Directed by Karthik Subbaraj. This one featuring Bobby Simha, Muthu Kumar and Sharath Ravi is layered with some dark humour and hope.

Every story be it Avarum Naanum – Avalum Naanum by Reshma Ghatala, Coffee, Anyone? by Suhasini Maniratnam, Reunion by Rajiv Menon, Adithya KR and Krishnaswamy Ramkumar and Miracle by Karthik Subbaraj in the anthology oeuvre on the whole, are various stories unified by a common thread with an impressive sense of craft and heart-warming sensibility.

The music plays a pivotal part as well where the background score by G. V. Prakash Kumar, Nivas K. Prasanna, Sathish Raghunathan and Govind Vasantha and the soundtrack album composed by Kumar and Vasantha are in sync.

Putham Pudhu Kaalai movie still
Putham Pudhu Kaalai movie still

Final words

Putham Pudhu Kaalai is a dope full of hope, a bouquet of stories that speak of love, hope and togetherness are strong enough in their individual capacity to captivate and motivate the audience. This is a perfect gift during these crises. Go for it.

PIC/POSTER courtesy: Amazon Prime Video

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