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21 Feb, 2020
1 hrs 38 mins
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Baaram revolves around a widowed night watchman named Karuppasamy, who lives with his sister and three nephews - Veera, Mani and Murugan - at a small town in Tamil Nadu. When he breaks his hip after duty one morning, his son takes him to the ancestral village to get treated, despite the protests of his nephews. Eight days later Karuppasamy passes away but Veera is convinced that his death is not as natural as it seems.
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Overall, the film is a hard-hitting one with a strong social message. It has crafty camerawork and soulful music, coupled with some brilliant performances. It is honest, and the intent is right. However, the treatment stops Baaram in its quest of becoming a masterpiece. ...Read full review
However, this also lends a colder vibe to the film. We are one step detached from the emotions of the characters, so their problems never feel immediate for us. It doesnt help that the actors are raw and somewhat stiff. The characters, too, are painted in black and white. For example, we dont get a reason for Senthils uncaring attitude towards his father. This approach makes them mere placeholders onto which the director can hang her plot. These result in a film that makes you think, but fails to make you feel. ...Read full review
However, Baaram doesnt leave you devastated. It only tries to put a mirror in front of society demanding a self-assessment. ...Read full review