One a largely unfunny female-centric mass movie and the other a thoroughly enjoyable little film. Find the reviews here:-
Now that the debate around Arjun Reddy/Kabir Singh has begun again, thanks to what Parvathy and Vijay Devarakonda spoke in Film Companion’s round table interview, I think it’s time I wrote about my experience with the two films and how it has changed over time. Also, I haven’t watched the Tamil version – Adithya Varma – yet, so my discussion will only be about Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
It has been over two days and I still don’t know how I feel about this film. This is not a film I loved with all my heart. Yet, just saying I really liked the film does not seem enough. It is not a perfect film – it is bumpy in places and the last half hour does get a little tiresome. Yet, the good moments are so good that I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. It has a lot of interesting things to say about the way our society perceives gender, sexuality and sexual orientation, and the thirty minutes post-interval is one of the most beautiful and moving passages of cinema I have experienced this year.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD…
Watching Jallikattu is one of the strangest experiences I have had. For the cinema lover in me, this one was pure exhilaration – a visual and aural spectacle. At the same time, the part of me which looks for story and character building in a narrative felt a little shortchanged. There is no ‘protagonist’ in the true sense of the word, nothing much in terms of character arc, or even a proper story as we know it – with clearly defined beginning, middle and end. The only thing that actually ‘happens’ in this film is that a buffalo escapes from the hands of a butcher just as he is about to slaughter it, damaging everything that comes in its way, with the enraged villagers hot on its heels. Yes, that is all that happens in the 94 minutes of this film’s runtime. Yet, I couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen.