Even being a cynic, I found myself buying into the heady optimism of this film’s message that should you stick with your dream and follow through, without giving up at the first scream or the first tears, you can taste success. It’s optimism, yes, but Soorarai Pottru offers it with dollops of practicality.
“She pours into her films quite a bit from her own life, she says. For instance, there’s a scene in Soorarai Pottru in which the protagonist Maaran’s father communicates wordlessly. It’s inspired by her father (who passed away during the making of this film and to whom there’s a dedication at the beginning), who kept calling out to her at the end, though he couldn’t speak.”
“It’s also fascinating to note that old people are integral parts of this new anthology. It’s a welcome development, is it not, that liberated from the rules surrounding feature films and star-centric cinema, these filmmakers are able to talk about an important section of society that’s damagingly stereotyped, even in the off-chance that they get depicted at all?”