After winning rich accolades at various international film festivals and winning a National award, cinematographer Chezhian’s directorial venture ‘To Let’ is here for Tamil audience.
The film, which reminds us of Balu Mahendra’s yesteryear classic ‘Veedu’ and the recent ‘Kadikara Manithargal’, yes, as the title and indications suggest, is about a family’s struggle for a house.
Set in some time after 2007, the story shows that the boom in IT sector paves way for a new class in the society- a section which is ready to spend more to lead a comfortable and luxury life.
This trend negatively impacts many others in the society, including the protagonists of this story- Ilango (Santhosh Sreeram), an aspiring filmmaker, Amudha (Sheela Rajkumar), his wife, and Siddharth (Dharun), their son.
They live in a rented house in the city and they are asked to vacate the place by their houseowner (Athira Pandilakshmi), as her sole intention is to make more and more money with her property.
Following this, they start a hunt for a new shelter. The rest is all about the rejections and the difficulties they face in finding one.
Santhosh Sreeram, Sheela Rajkumar and Dharun have come up with commendable performance. They have lived their respective roles. Athira Pandilakshmi who comes as houseowner is tailor-made for her character.
Cinematography makes us feel as if we are watching scenes on the screen in real. Chezhian, without being preachy, has beautifully highlighted human emotions.
On the flipside, the movie moves at a slow pace, lacks completion and too much negativity in human beings is shown. But, if that is the reality, who are we to complain?
Rating: 3.5 out of 5