There is a scene where protagonist Aruvi says that people are paying Rs 120 to watch a movie in their routine happy life, and fatefully, even such movies do not have content that gives them happiness. But, the irony is that Aruvi by debutant Arun Prabhu Purushothaman is not a movie of that kind. It stands out in terms of plot, emotion and as well as the performances of its cast.
Starring all fresh faces, including Aditi Balan, Anjali Varathan, Pradeep Antony and Mohammad Ali Baig, in the lead, Aruvi also has Mani Kutti, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy and Shweta Sekar in pivotal roles.
Having spent her childhood and teenage happily with her micro family of father, mother and brother, Aruvi is chased away by her parents during her youth for an unrevealed reason. Following this, the protagonist goes through a lot of challenges socially and sexually which she fights back with a lot of pain.
Eventually, at one point, Aruvi reveals the reason for being chased away from her home which reverts back at all those who had sexually harassed her. With a shocking twist in the middle of the plot, the movie travels towards an emotional path from here which is where Arun Prabhu scores.
The references he makes from a scene in the prologue with a sequence in the latter part of the movie are the major breakthrough of Aruvi’s script. For an instance, a minor accident sequence is shown in one of the spin-offs of Aruvi which has a pivotal connect in a later portion of the movie. Likewise, the narration of Peter’s smoking scene in his imaginary script has a connect in his real life that happens in the pre-climax.
There are a few other metaphors hidden all through the movie: Kalathu Dosai to be more specific – that have emotions defined by themselves. The references and metaphors are those plot driving factors of Aruvi that make the film gripping from beginning till end.
The second most important selling point of this film is it’s semi-dark humour. Be it any kind of a scene, Aruvi has a laughter factor veiled in it. After watching Aruvi, one would surely engage in a laugh riot when coming across a scene from a family-counselling show telecast on televisions.
With a pack of n number of performers, Aruvi has negligible space in its cast to point fingers at with a negative note. Of all, Aditi, who plays the protagonist, is the next promising talent from Tamil cinema – she is going to go places.
Pradeep who has done the role of Peter, is an another find. The innocence Pradeep has portrayed for the role of aspiring filmmaker Peter is absolutely real – especially the scene where he does a mock-narration of a story to a producer.
There are a few others in the cast like the tailoring institute owner who goes for a quick flashback, and transgender Anjali Varathan, who have given commendable performances.
The metaphorical flow of Aruvi has a metaphorical cinematography by Shelley Calist who has communicated the plot by simple gestures all through the run time. From the usage of bottles for truth and dare which is later referred during a hostile situation, Shelley has captured it all in his frame.
Music by Bindhu Malini and Vedanth Bharadwaj in the background flows with the movie. The sequences where the entire screen goes off quiet is left for the audience to weep out. Such silence played by the music composers has added fervour to the plot.
The production design of Aruvi needs special mention – replicating a TV studio and reality show. The touch is realistic touch as we could see that the rest of the areas of the TV channel office are untidy and dingy.
Aruvi as the movie has come out completely flawless. This is going to be the success of Aruvi, which has conveyed the right message to society, embracing those who are cut off from the cultural system that believes in a ‘fake happy life’.