Addham explores themes like morality, guilt, ethical battle in an intriguing method, typically taking the viewers abruptly ultimately.
Addham, which interprets to Mirror, is an anthology woven across the theme of morality and decisions we make within the face of ethical dilemma.
Written by Siva Ananth, the anthology encompasses three brief tales the place the characters are compelled to make decisions that always problem our notion of proper and unsuitable. It makes us suppose aloud if we are able to really distinguish shades of gray and are available to a conclusion that’s bereft of guilt or doubt. And in doing all this, ultimately, this mirror displays our personal biases in a world the place our ethical compass is usually compromised.
In Crossroads, directed by Barath Neelakantan, a younger man (Prasanna) is pushed to a nook when his spouse doubts his constancy, and it irks him a lot that he desires to show some extent. With a buddy’s assist, he decides to spend an evening with a name woman in a lodge. At the bar, a younger lady comes to fulfill him, and the 2 strike a dialog which finally ends up altering his personal notion of who he’s as an individual. Was he unsuitable to even consider dishonest on his spouse? Or was he proper to decide on to be in a greater relationship?
In The Unwhisperable Secret, directed by Siva Ananth, a psychiatrist (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar) is appalled when an actual property bigwig named Reddy (Kishore) tells her a few crime he could have dedicated. Although she is certain by her responsibility to deal with her affected person, she can not cease serious about the crime and desires to do one thing about it as a dutiful citizen. But then, she alters her thoughts when Reddy tells her concerning the guilt he’s carrying in his coronary heart. Did she do the correct factor or did she betray herself?
In the third brief story The Road That Never Ends, directed by Sarjun, a truck driver (Jayaprakash) offers a raise to a younger boy who has run away from dwelling. The journey involves an abrupt finish and it additional takes a dramatic flip with the entry of the truck driver’s spouse (Rohini). Did she do the correct factor? Who is admittedly responsible right here? It is difficult to return to a conclusion.
The solely frequent issue amongst these three brief movies is the theme — morality. What makes it fascinating is its storytelling, which is concise and doesn’t meander past the theme. Yet, not all of those tales evoke the identical response.
Crossroads, particularly, has an air of familiarity and the story itself feels prefer it has been advised a number of instances. Even the way in which the actors enunciate their strains and the accents really feel a tad off the mark — a transparent indication of actors having to work doubly exhausting to make the entire story really feel genuine and actual. This, surprisingly, is just not a lot of a problem within the brief story that includes Varalaxmi and Kishore. The duo’s dialog is well-written, and each of them take you abruptly with the way in which they’ve internalised their respective characterisation. A slight shift in physique language of the psychiatrist and even the tone through which her affected person speaks conveys quite a bit about their inner conflicts.
The finest brief movie of the lot is, undoubtedly, The Road That Never Ends. In the opening scene of the story, a truck driver slams the brakes to avert an accident. By the time the top credit roll, you are feeling the total weight of the story and the emotional battle of the characters crushing your soul. Brilliantly shot by Selvakumar, the brief movie has the right mix of drama, suspense, and a twist that’s certain to take you abruptly. Rohini Molleti stands out together with her terrific efficiency, and full credit score to Siva Ananth and director Sarjun for weaving such an intricate and delicate story. Editor Sreekar Prasad is a big asset to the anthology, and he controls the rhythm of each scene so effectively that there’s barely a scene which seems to be misplaced.
Addham, just like the title suggests, maintain up the mirror to the truth that we frequently bend the foundations of morality relying on the circumstances. Whether it’s for the nice or not is a debate for one more day, however not less than, it clears the fog of guilt in the interim. Addham is a well-written and well-intentioned anthology, which hits the goal for probably the most half. It is a welcome change, and one can solely want that it is just the start of a brand new wave of brief tales introduced alive on display screen.
Addham is presently streaming on Aha’s OTT platform.
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