Intense & Engaging
75%Overall Score

Streaming on Zee Plex for ₹199

Written and directed by P Virumandi, Ka Pae Ranasingam stars Vijay Sethupathi and Aishwarya Rajesh in the lead along with an ensemble cast featuring Rangaraj Pandey, Ramdoss, Mohan Raman and others. Ranasingam (Sethupathi) leads protests with his fellow citizens demanding the higher authorities but is met with stoic indifference and inaction. When he realizes that a power company is constructing their plant on their ground that is swelling with water sources, he beseeches them to reconsider. Unfortunately, this time his own kin and community are hesitant to trust him and instead pin their hopes on the corporate giants to find a way out. Ayarnachi, Ranasingam’s wife played by Aishwarya Rajesh then urges him to forgo this dream and to find a job abroad to support the family. Unfortunately, fatal tragedy strikes Ranasingam in Dubai under suspicious circumstances. The second half of the film is about Ayarnachi’s brave fight to reclaim her dead husband’s body.

The story is a woman’s battle for justice

Ka Pae Ranasingham at its core is a courageous story about a young wife who seeks justice to bring her dead husband back home to rest. The film is a grating sketch on the corrupt protocols and red tape that exists especially involving the lower sections of society who are helpless in their grief. The director gives us a no holes barred screenplay that emphasizes the manipulations and falsifications that take place in the highest echelons of power. It is also a heart-wrenching account of a family who long to see their loved one, departed or otherwise. The dialogues are penetrating and powerful giving us a sense of the agony faced.

The acting elevates the film to greater heights

Aishwarya Rajesh is powerful and brilliant as Ayarnachi, infusing her character with depth and a certain raw energy that is also a credit to a very well etched character. Vijay Sethupathi is in solid form as always in a role that is tailor-made for him. It is also heartening to see an actor of his repute playing second fiddle, allowing Aishwarya Rajesh to take centre stage and hold the film together with her prowess. Ayarnachi is front and centre in this film and the actress does a stellar job of bringing out the emotions. The supporting cast is also excellent and the small nuances in their characters are well established and noteworthy.

A pointed commentary on issues prevalent in society

Director Virumandi does not shy away from laying out many evils that our society is plagued with. From water paucity crisis, corporatization of the rural sector by big companies and corruption in political propagandas, he brings out these concerns and more through the development of his characters and the story. Unfortunately, in seeking to express these issues, he compromises on the running time of the film. At almost 3 hours, Ka Pae Ranasingam is easily half an hour too long thus overly stretching the narrative beyond its scope. This is where it loses its subtlety and finesses.

WATCH OR NOT

Minute shortcomings aside, Ka Pae Ranasingham is an important film for many reasons. On one hand, it touches upon relevant problems that underprivileged people face and on the other, the gut-wrenching trauma of a wife fighting to see her husband. It is a well-made film that makes a strong impact on its theme, direction and acting.

Writer: P Virumandi
Director: P Virumandi
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Aishwarya Rajesh, Mohan Raman, Ramdass, Rangaraj Pandey
Music: Gibran
Language: Tamil
Streaming on: Zee Plex

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