Beginning at the end
Director Priya Krishnaswamy belongs to that clan of filmmakers who use the medium of cinema not to just to entertain and engage the audience, but to educate them as well.
In ‘Baaram’, she handles the sensitive issue of the treatment being meted out to elders in the family, in a sensible manner. Let’s check out the story and other things.
Karuppasamy (R Raju) is a senior citizen, who works as a security guard. He lives with his sister (Jayalakshmi) and her three sons.
Though his nephews are affectionate towards him, his son Senthil (SuPa Muthukumar) is unloving. One day, Karuppasamy meets with an accident and becomes bedridden.
He is forced to stay with his son. A few days after that, he passes away. However at the funeral, suspicions are raised that Karuppasamy was murdered.
Veera (Sugumar Shanmugam), one of his nephews, is keen to know what happened to his ‘mama’. Was it a natural death or was Karuppasamy killed by someone?
Priya has handled well the story and the screenplay, but the presentation gives us a documentary feel. Raju, Jayalakshmi, Muthukumar and Sugumar Shanmugam are right choices for their roles and have done well.
Cinematography is one of the highlights of the movie. The whole film, which is a mix of emotions and experiences, takes us on a different ride. At the end, it also makes us think.
Rating: 4 out of 5