Screenplay and Direction
Technical Aspects and BGM
A poignant, sweetly emotional dark comedy!
Savarakathi is a poignant, sweetly emotional film which works finely within the realms of dark comedy. The way Mysskin culminates hanging threads of the story towards the climax is pure joy to watch.
Cast: Mysskin, Ram, Poorna, and others
Cinematography: Karthik Venkatraman
Music: Arrol Corelli
Art Direction: Satheesh Kumar
Written by: Mysskin
Direction: GR Aathityaa
Produced by: Lone Wolf Productions & Krikes Cine Creations
Release Date: 09-02-2018
Run Time: 01:55:00
Savarakathi is a delightfully written, superbly constructed dark comedy, whose story happens in a day. Mysskin, who has written, produced and starred in the film alongside director Ram, stamps his class in each and every scene with his now-familiar tropes, which are nevertheless entertaining.
Shining once again as an intense writer, Mysskin has attempted a difficult genre, which has a less success rate in Tamil cinema, with great panache and an effortless approach. The film revolves around two eccentric characters: The ruthless rogue Manga (Mysskin), who is out on a parole and has to report back before 6 PM on the same day, and the incorrigible liar Pichcha (Ram), an unkempt barber. When the latter ruffles feathers with the former in a wrong way, Manga decides to kill Pichcha, which ticks off a bevy of interesting incidents with nice turns.
Making the audiences invest in the world of Manga and Pichcha takes some time, thanks to the torrent of Mysskin-isms peppered in the screenplay. However, we are sucked into his world of limited lead characters, it genuinely transforms into an enjoyable roller-coaster ride. The first half nicely sets up the enmity between Manga and Pichchai with strong back stories, which are subtly conveyed in dialogues. All the characters are established properly without any hurry and fleshed out realistically. Despite the few over-the-top scenes, Mysskin’s trademark humor makes us comfortably overlook it without any second thought. That’s the power of good writing. Also, what is a Mysskin film without any over-the-top emotions and grave idiosyncrasies?
The second half is where Mysskin gets his act sharply. He makes no room for mistakes and provides lovely character arcs and a rightful closure for all the lead actors, including himself. The emotional connect he has tried to portray in the second half is very relatable and leaves you moist-eyed on a few occasions. Arrol Corelli’s music is one of the major highlights. With deeply-affecting violin beats, he quietly makes audiences tug at their heartstrings. Ram as Pichcha and Poorna as the hearing-impaired, nagging wife have done great justice to their roles.
Overall, Savarakathi is a poignant, sweetly emotional film which works finely within the realms of dark comedy. The way Mysskin culminates hanging threads of the story towards the climax is pure joy to watch.