Taramani: A comment on male gaze, sexism and stereotypes

Starring : Vasanth Ravi, Andrea Jeremiah, Anjali; Director : Ram; Producers : Uday Harsha Vaddela, D. Venkatesh; Music Director : Yuvan Shankar Raja

By Author  |  Published: 6th Sep 2019  7:08 pmUpdated: 6th Sep 2019  7:13 pm
Taramani
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Trust issues trigger the breaking of any relationship, and if what we assume come true, it will land the person into depression. This is the basic line of ‘Taramani’.

The story revolves around how trust issues and over possessiveness spoil the life of a youngster and also the lives of those around him. Weaving the story around the life of Prabhu Raj (Vasanth Ravi), director Ram passes a strong comment on the male gaze, sexism, and preconceived notions that are prevalent in the society and which are often treated normally.

Prabhu, a call center employee, develops interest in Soumya (Anjali), a techie, and helps her go abroad. Later, when he realizes that Soumya cheated him, he slips into depression. On one of the many rainy days in the film, Prabhu happens to meet Diya (Andrea), a single mother, at a bus stop. To pass the time until the rain stops, Prabhu narrates his story to Diya and later both of them start living together. What happens next, why Prabhu starts doubting Diya, how Diya reacts, and what happens to the lives of Prabhu and Diya is what Taramani all about.

The movie is a dubbed version of the Tamil movie and the title represents an area in Chennai where the story is set. Though the narrative part is not consuming, the subject of the film is very strong especially in times of technology, where judging a person, mainly women, has become very easy.

Even if we close our eyes and just listen to the dialogues, there is nothing much we miss on the screen, as most of the times, it is a discussion, debate or an argument happening on conflicting moral values and stereotypes.

A sad reflection of the society, the story has more to do with the instinctive human emotions, the quick judgments, and comments on women. The substance in the film is universal, at least in the urban Indian context, and ever timely, but the presentation is not so engaging. And only the makers should know the reason behind dubbing the film two years after its release in Tamil when it is already available online.

The pace of this 150-minute long film is very slow and the audience clearly can feel the lag. Overall, Taramani is a simple take on complex issues, laced with the trust deficit factor in relationships.


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