Flawed But Heartfelt Stories About Acceptance – Entertainment News, Firstpost

Anantham, even in the weakest parts, is thoughtful, inclusive and shows a lot of heart.

Language: Tamil

“If only these walls could talk”

It is a common expression, often used to talk about unknown stories. In the series of Priya V Anantham, they do. Well, not literally, but in spirit. Anantham talks about the eponymous house and the different people and their families who lived there for five decades. It’s a bouquet of stories, a mosaic of emotions. There is a bit of everything: grief, loss, love, romance, fear, discovery, anger, etc. For some, the house stacks fortunes. And for others, disasters. Its inhabitants are mostly people against whom society raises eyebrows – blind people, unemployed debtors, three single women living together, a homosexual couple… But the cornerstone of Anantham is acceptance.

With stories of different types, Priya V explores acceptance in great detail. Anantham is not limited to social or family acceptance, but explores the battles we fight within ourselves.

For the most part, we live in denial – of our desires and our apprehensions. How do we come to terms with our trauma or failure? The film beautifully brings out the greatest paradox of all – For many of us, it’s easier to accept strangers who break free from regressive social rules. But we find it difficult to accept the same thing when it happens in our family, with our loved ones.

One of Anantham’s The best and most heartwarming moments are when Venkatesan (Prakash Raj) admits he failed as a father. “I was so progressive for the world. I supported so many people wholeheartedly. But when you didn’t follow the plan I had for you, you became my enemy,” Venkatesan tells his son Ananth It’s a rare glimpse into the human psyche, an acknowledgment of the founding stone of conservatism. Anantham at many of these times. But it’s a series best watched with an open mind.

With all its successes, it also has its share of failures. Anantham tends to get too melodramatic at times, especially with its “house with a life” concept. The writing is too much on the nose in several places — Anantham would certainly have benefited from less exposure. There are also leaps of faith that the story pushes you to make. However, these are punctuated with little surprises. It further helps that the series clearly moves away from stereotypical portrayals. Even the most sinister characters are written with shades — they’re gray, not black.

Priya V uses this part-hyperlinked anthology story to tackle some heavy themes – domestic violence, mental health, homosexuality, and more. But Anantham stands proudly on the shoulders of some terrific performances. This is the greatest strength of the series. Amrutha Srinivasan is splendid as Seetha, an intelligent and articulate blind woman. And then there’s Vinoth Kishen and Vivek Rajagopal who melt your heart with their vulnerability. I also loved Vinothini’s characteristic nonchalant humor. And then there are the ever reliable Prakashraj and Sampath. It’s really hard to choose a favorite. The series also has probably the most sensitive portrayal of a queer relationship in mainstream Tamil cinema. How refreshing to see two men with bulging biceps being so vulnerable, and treating each other with such tenderness!

Anantham is not perfect. His murals are often cut by serpentine cracks. It ends on a cliffhanger that feels forced. But even in the weakest parts, the movie is caring, inclusive and shows a lot of heart. For this, my love for Anantham is infinite.

Anantham is streaming on Zee5

Ashameera Aiyappan is a film journalist who writes about Indian cinema with a focus on South Indian films.

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