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After the achingly beautiful Mayaanadhi – a film so close to my heart – I was eagerly waiting to see what Ashiq Abu would serve us next. When it was announced that his next was a film about the outbreak of Nipah virus in certain parts of Kerala, I was not too sure what to expect, as mostly everyone in Kerala has some idea of what went into combating the deadly virus. Was a film on the same really necessary? Well…I should have had more trust on the director of my favorite film…for Virus is such a marvel!
It took me a bit of convincing to to start this series. As many o you might be knowing, I am not a big fan of series – be it books or shows – as I don’t like the wait between one part to the next, and I prefer that a story reaches its conclusion without the need of a sequel. However, when I heard about The Wrath and the Dawn duology through my friends, I was intrigued. Firstly because it is a re-imagining of the Arabian Nights, which I have grown up on. And secondly, because it contains some of my favorite tropes – hate-to-love romance, Middle-Eastern culture (after Indian, it is the Middle-Eastern culture I am most familiar to, and I love to see them being represented in contemporary YA), royal families etc. So the next time I went to the bookstore, I grabbed both the books. And they were TOTALLY WORTH IT!
What a FASCINATING film this was! It has been two whole days since I saw it, and I’m still trying to process it. As a cinephile, this film was nothing short of a treat as I tried to unravel all the hidden layers of the film. As a massive Suriya fan, it was even bigger a delight to watch what could be called his finest performance in recent times. The only problem with the film is that it requires you to read between the lines, but the lines are too blurry when you see them for the first time. However, stay with the film for a while, watch it again if you can, and the lines will begin to get clearer. After sitting with it for two days, my friend and I have come up with our own reading of the film. I don’t know if I am reading it right, but I think it makes a lot of sense (at least to us). Read on and tell me what you think!
WARNING – MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. Read only AFTER watching the film. Also, bear with me, as this is going to be super-long.