'Edari Varsham' is a commendable effort that deserves to be applauded. However, the lack of entertaining factor makes the film boring.
| Haricharan Pudipeddi
Inde-films always receive mixed response or in the worst case scenario even receive bad response. Such is the fate of these films in India and unfortunately even worldwide. 'Edari Varsham' is a perfect pick for film festivals but definitely is not one among those films that you would want to catch on a weekend.
The film narrates the chaotic life of a prostitute; who dreams of having a family for herself someday. She is haunted by the echo of a baby; the one she recently lost in an abortion. The rains lash and the weeping Rama is awakened by a visitor Shekar (Raghu Kunche) who is on the way to a railway station. Both get chatty and spend the night together following the promise of a marriage from a total stranger. Eventually, when sun rises the next morning, Rama finds herself lying on the bad with no company.
Director Mahesh brilliantly portrays the soreness of not a prostitute but of a character that longs for love, affection and most importantly a place called home. All prostitutes have one thing in common; the yearning for love. They all wish that one day someone would walk into their life and shower love upon them. Unfortunately, lust overplays love and makes their lives a living hell. The director poignantly makes love and lust collide head on and depicts the output in Rama's life.
The story has adequate content and profundity but unfortunately the speed with which each scene moves doesn't allow the audience to feel and register the emotions; the longevity is not present. The character of the prostitute is incomplete and thus at one point fails to connect with the audience. As far as I know the intention of the director was not show the character as prostitute; though she is portrayed as one, she's not one.
Rama's character is neither pretty, voluptuous nor convincing enough to bed a traveler incessantly. Forget about the chemistry, though the director's intention was to portray love; he fails to portray the same and leaves it to the audience to understand. They talk of emotions but it is lust at play. Shekar's (Raghu Kunche) last scene could have been more intense; the otherwise good looking actor definitely lived up to the expectation and pulled off his role easily.
Alternate cinema should be appreciated by one and all; however the inclination and dedication with which Mahesh seem to have made 'Edari Varsham' appears hasty.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
2 out of 5 (Okay)
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