Home sweet home
Actress-filmmaker-TV anchor Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, who has written and directed ‘House Owner’, earlier said that the story was inspired by the people she had met in life.
We realise this while watching the film, as the story is so authentic and it was like watching the real life of an elderly couple living next door.
The story revolves around Vasu (Kishore), a retired army man and his wife Radha (Sri Ranjani), a homemaker. Since Vasu suffers from Alzheimer’s, Radha finds it very tough to handle him.
Vasu is adamant and behaves like a child most of the time, and Radha has a difficult time dealing with him. We are also shown their past in flashback portions, in which ‘Pasanga’ Kishore plays Vasu and Lovelyn Chandrasekhar plays Radha.
One day, rains start flooding Chennai and the couple is caught in their house. Did they manage to escape from nature’s wrath or not forms the crux of ‘House Owner’.
Kishore, who is known for his impeccable performance in almost all his movies, has gone a notch ahead in ‘House Owner’. Sri Ranjani gets a role of her lifetime and has done justice.
‘Pasanga’ boy Kishore, who is now an adult, has delivered a matured performance. Lovelyn Chandrasekhar doesn’t seem like a fresher, as emotions come naturally to her.
Krishna Sekhar’s cinematography and Ghibran’s music are the major strengths of the movie. We wonder why Kishore was shown as an ex-army man, the director could have used other options.
The film moves on a slow pace till the climax. But we get glued to the happenings towards the end of the story. On the whole, ‘House Owner’ is one of the touching movies of the year and it has the potential to win many awards.