is a powerful biographical film on one of the
greatest poets that lived in India, Subramanya
Strangely, the funeral of
this man, who wrote thousands of poems in his life,
was attended by no more than 14 people.
And from this opening
scene, the director takes the viewers back into this
poets life and the narration is told in episodes
about the various stages in this poet's life. Be it
his childhood, his marriage to Chellamma, him being a
teacher, writer, and even a fugitive, while living in
utmost poverty are shown with immense skill and care.
Thus the director takes a great step to immortalise a
legendary figure so that his works may be known even
to generations to come.
Bharathi is shown
shown as a man who never gave up, even at the
greatest of sufferings.
His thoughts, and
ideologies were ahead of his times and the society
had problems accepting him for what he is. He was
never a pessimist under no circumstances. However,
his arrogance, and out-spoken attitude was simply
hard for the rest to digest. But the genius, though
misunderstood, lived on being the rebellious soul he
He raised his voice on all
issues even if it meant discarding his own caste and
religion. Casteism, social taboos, freedom for all,
be it man or woman, he never have stepped back from
his thoughts and principles.
The absorbing narration
also manages to show the married life of Bharathi,
where his wife Chellamma finds Bharathi a hard man to
cope up with. With Chellamma being the traditional
woman, she have problems living upto the
anti-conservative and modern thinking man, that is
Bharathi. But Bharathi, inspite of all his flaws, is
never a brutal man, as he loves his wife dearly. A
balanced picture of the relationship has been shown
to the viewers.
Shivaji Shinde, (seen
previously in Shool) has delivered a magnificent
performance which is sure to bring him the
He has emoted and
displayed the several faces of Bharathi splendidly.
Devyani has also given her best at the role of her
lifetime. Notable mention must also be given to
Master Pushpak for his wonderful job at portraying
the young Bharathi.
The director is
undoubtedly the true winner in this movie. Rajashekaran has
taken great pains into showing us such an honest look
into the personal saga of the great poet.
Illayaraja's music lends a wonderful support.
Though one hopes the
talents and effort put into the movies will not go
unappreciated, it is still hard for a movie like this
to reign supreme at the box-office. Whatever the
box-office fate be, it still remains an absorbing and
powerful movie as long as the viewers have the
patience to see the genius at work!