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Packed with solid performances, “Gargi” is a powerful tale that hits you in the gut

Packed with solid performances, “Gargi” is a powerful tale that hits you in the gut

Just a few weeks back, Madhavans Rocket Science: The Nambi Effect showed the trials of a rocket scientist who becomes involved in a case of epsionage.

Now what happens if something similar happens to a security guard?

Gargi is something along these lines and much more than that. Sai Pallavi’s latest release combines the elements of a crime and courtroom drama to tell a hard-hitting story that constantly plays hide-and-seek with your mind and its various judgments and preconceived notions.

Gargi (Sai ​​Pallavi) is a school teacher about to get married. “There will be upma also in our wedding menu?” asks the boy Gargi jokingly. All is well as it seems, until one fateful day turns everything upside down.

Then her father Brahmanandam (RS Shivaji), who works as a security guard in an apartment nearby, does not come back home. Gargi wants to inquire about his whereabouts, only to learn that the police arrested him in connection with the rape of a nine-year-old girl. Why was he held and how will Gargi deal with this life changing situation?

Gargi gets a lot of things right, straight to the point with his writing and dialogue. While it sensitively addresses many pertinent points about sexual abuse, it also shows how a small shift in perspective can make you see a situation differently. This is probably Sai Pallavi’s best performance to date; Watch her smile when someone pulls her leg in the opening sequences, then watch her frustration as she walks from pillar to pillar for her father. It’s a wholesome performance that few actresses have given in recent times. Also doing his best is Indrans (Kaali Venkat), who in a supporting role as a lawyer gets as much screen time as the female protagonist. We’ve seen Kaali Venkat in a few films before in small roles, but Gargi makes full use of his potential (watch him deliver the “It’s not about what you know, it’s about what you can prove” dialogue in the movie).

Sai Pallavi in ​​”Gargi”

Another filmmaker might have been tempted to cast a younger person for the role and tried to put a romantic angle between the two leads, but fortunately director Gautam Ramachandran is as clear as the summer sky about what he wants to communicate. props to him for casting other characters as well; A transgender judge is a sign that Tamil cinema is on the way to becoming sensitive to issues.

Gargi

Cast: Sai Pallavi, Kaali Venkat, Aishwarya Lekshmi

Directed by Gautham Ramachandran

Storyline: A teacher faces multiple adversities for her father, who is accused of gang rape

Gargi is about perspectives, an area in which it excels. It keeps its lens on the prying eyes of the media, the judgmental eyes of the system, and keeps asking questions. Backed into a corner, Sai Pallavi is frustrated but moves forward confidently. What would you do if you were her? Gargi Makes you think. One wishes the journalist character (Aishwarya Lekshmi) and Gargi’s other family members had been given more coverage and the flashback bits carried more weight, but those are tiny issues.

What is amazing is that Gargi achieves an edgy mood without the seething suspense you’d typically associate with a crime thriller. It’s all about shedding layers of characters with calm confidence, even as Govind Vasantha’s music adds vibe to visuals by Sraiyaanti and Premkrishna Akkatu. Somewhere, a daughter is trying to save her father. Elsewhere there is a father whose daughter was abused. And there is another father whose daughter is going to get married. And then there’s us, the viewers, who follow this courtroom drama with awe and shock. Gargi hits you in the pit of your stomach like few movies lately.

Gargi hits theaters this Friday

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