Director: Sanu John Varughese
May we actually know somebody? Not Biju Menon’s Chaachan in Aarkkariyam, which is a sluggish burn meditation on what it actually means to imagine in life (or God). Sherley (Parvathy Thiruvothu) and Roy (Sharafudheen) are caught throughout the lockdown at her father’s dwelling. It appears like Chaachan is much extra sinister than he appears, particularly for Roy. He’s not the particular person Sherley had portrayed him as. From this attitude, Aarkkariyam is a drama round a confession: what if Georgekutty from Drishyam advised his unsuspecting youthful daughter every little thing in regards to the coverup? One might get away with homicide, however clarify it to 1’s household?
Aarkkariyam can be a bit such as you walked right into a whodunnit after it had been solved and forgotten about. In a thriller, Chaachan’s large disclose to Roy (about his Munnariyippu-like second) wouldn’t have been so muted, as in the event that they have been simply speaking in regards to the cricket rating. Right here, the drama refuses to turn into a thriller. The movie focuses not on the prison nature of Chaachan’s act, however somewhat on the impression of the revelation on Roy. The pleasant-sounding guitar rating continues as if every little thing now we have recognized about Chaachan hasn’t simply modified completely. The movie takes a indifferent perspective to it’s characters. It doesn’t decide, and provides detailed and close-up photos of the small world of Sherley, Chaachan, and Roy.
Area and sound are used to additional immerse us within the characters’ world. For instance, in the beginning, Sherley and Roy are in closed areas (rooms or automobiles); they’re occupied by home and monetary issues. As their issues are solved by Chaachan, we see Roy outdoor, exploring. You hear sounds you’ll provided that you have been standing very near the characters. In a scene, Chaachan is talking on the cellphone and the birds round him are as loud as him. It’s as if nothing is edited or stylized. You’re led to imagine you’re uncooked footage. A way of real-ness is constructed up. So, even when nothing actually is occurring within the movie by way of plot, you’re engrossed by the day by day (usually mundane) conversations and actions of the three characters.
We get used to their mannerisms: like, say, the way in which Parvathy’s Sherley says ‘no’ as if it have been a dismissal. So, it’s tough to assume objectively about them. It’s like you may’t be detached about an individual sitting subsequent to you in a bus after talking to them for ten minutes. However after placing a magnifying glass over Sherley, Roy, and Chaachan, the movie hardly ever is aware of what to do with that. On condition that the movie’s perspective to deeper questions on life is that they may by no means be resolved in any respect, Aarkkariyam lastly ends however by no means actually resolves.
Aarkkariyam reveals how the lockdown threw three lives into chaos and it additionally asks heavy-duty philosophical questions: how do we all know that one thing is true? Are recollections even actual? If occasions are made inevitable by god or future, wouldn’t every little thing turn into meaningless? However the movie retains the investigations gentle. For instance, it hints at contradictions round how one can can do one thing evil and nonetheless imagine that it was preordained by god, but it surely by no means explores them. It doesn’t even attempt. As a result of, you understand: Aarkkariyam (Who is aware of)?