: Sarah, a Malayali woman, has been in jail in Kolkata for years. A newspaper from Kerala sends its correspondents all the way there to cover her story.
: With its fair share of pitfalls and loopholes, our legal justice system has been existing in our midst, to make important decisions on people lives, for long. When women are at its receiving end, the system gets a lot more skewed. Marupadi, a film by V M Vinu, typifies such a frightful situation, demanding some scary answers and solutions if any.
Sarah (Bhamaaa), an orphan, is happily married to banker Aby (Rahman) and has a teenaged daughter Riya (Nayanthara). A career-crisis situation lands the family in Kolkata, where an unexpected turn of events pushes them into a couple of horrendous experiences.
Marupadi is a relevant film, asking the right questions that ring aloud in the minds of most women and parents. It has a storyline that the viewers can sympathize with, and it acknowledges uncomfortable truths about the systems meant to protect us. At some point in time, we might also have come across such instances in real life. All that varies is probably, the degree of harassment for the people at its mercy and yes, the film has its intentions right.
The points at which the movie falters are the presentation and that too, with a handful of ‘cringe worthy’ moments, as opposed to its trailer that gives away the impression that it is a thriller. For instance, the interview scene of the first half - the director’s intention was bringing on some light moments and laughter, but it ends up being too silly and distasteful. Similarly, one can hardly digest the manner in which the ‘gentlemanly’ Aby behaves with Sarah in the car, the first time they meet after growing up. There are many moments at which you also feel that the pairing of Rahman and Bhamaa is a bit too odd and awkward. In the intense second half that mostly holds up, what stands out unpleasantly is a long, important speech. It presents some valid points, no doubt, but the heavy dose of drama distracts the audience to the extent that the focus changes to how theatrical it might get.
Those among the audience who love family drama might put up with it, but definitely not the crowd that’s looking for an edge-of-the seat thriller.