Six times bad
Aruguru Pativratalu (Telugu)
Direction: E.V.V. Satyanarayana
Producer: E.V.V. Satyanarayana
E.V.V. SATYANARAYANA comprehends women's woes in a different perspective in this film. For him everything boils down to a woman's sexuality. If this is the only problem that a woman is being confronted with nowadays then the title should have been something else. He calls it an experiment, because it has a bold theme, an all-new cast including, character artistes and comedians, and to top it all the film doesn't have any songs. But a director of his stature cannot get away with a crude attempt under the garb of an experiment because the narration borders on vulgarity and may have women squirming in embarrassment.
At the outset it appears as if it is a collection of short stories, because the film deals with six women, who meet one another after a gap of six years and share their experiences.
The six girls who are classmates have to part ways because their village does not have a college. However they decide to meet after six years. Of them five are married and each one is burdened with a problem.
Even as one is expecting a heavy-duty melodrama, everything appears frivolous. One `pativrata' is saddled with an impotent husband. He is unable to accept his wife's affair yet he cannot leave her because he loves her. He wants to, legitimise their affair on one condition that they both stay with him. Now why is the lady whining?
The next `pativrata' has a sadist husband who accidentally breaks his back and turns invalid, but she decides to take care of him instead of throwing him out. Another `pativrata's' husband dies in a war but she decides to take care of ailing in-laws. The fourth `pativrata' is bit daring, is a black belt in karate and solves her problems. The remaining two `pativratas' are tricked into marriage by the same man and hence they decide to take law into their hands.
Coming to the narration, the director tries to play to the gallery by having several scenes which are vulgar. And this comes as a surprise as he stated that this film is clean and is meant for women. However, the six new pairs perform well. On the technical side, the whole attempt appears juvenile.
G. MANJULA KUMAR
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