S Durga – Malayalam Movie Review
S Durga Provides Food for Thought
Date: March 24, 2018
Theatre: Screen 3, Carnival Cinemas, Sports Hub, Trivandrum
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's S Durga has finally hit the theaters, surviving all the trials and tribulations of presenting a creative piece of art in a country of conservative minds.
The Censor Board has awarded the movie a U/A certificate, allowing even children to watch it under parental guidance. Contrary to what one would expect from its old title ‘Sexy Durga’, the movie does not contain any explicit sexual scenes. But, yes, some words have been muted.
S Durga is for you, if you are one of those people who like to mull over the scenes on their way back home. The director leaves a lot to your own interpretation, rather than connecting the dots for you. If you have watched ‘Ozhivudivasathe Kali’, you know what I am talking about.
The 85-minutes-long movie starts with ‘Garudan Thookkam’, a festival where devotees pierce their cheeks and other parts of the body with skewers. The rituals are in worship of ‘Durga’, the Goddess.
We are then introduced to a couple, Durga and Kabeer, who are apparently eloping. A group of gangsters offers them lift to the railway station in their Omni van. The journey turns out to be a real torment to Durga and her suitor.
A group of people hurt themselves to please Goddess ‘Durga’, while another group of people in the same city finds pleasure in hurting a human ‘Durga’. Ironically, but I must say that the scenes in the temple were more gruesome compared to what the couple had gone through on the road.
What I Liked
- The long shots in which the camera moves in and out of the Omni van.
- The realistic presentation and the ease at which the characters have acted and presented their dialogues.
- No story telling or unnecessary drama. The movie turns itself into a thriller effortlessly, through its characters and events.
- The music that brings home the stress and emotions the couple has been going through.
What Didn’t Impress Me
- I cannot think of anything.
- Watch it if you love serious and experimental movies that can make you think.
- Not for those who watch movies as just a medium of entertainment.
- Not for those who expect a story that has a lucid climax.