Ka Pae Ranasingam is a Tamil-language drama film directed by P. Virumaandi in his directorial debut and stars Vijay Sethupathi and Aishwarya Rajesh. The film released on a pay-per-view platform after it was scrapped for a theatrical release due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
3-hours of politics
Ka Pae Ranasingam follows the injustices and the corruption in the bureaucracy. After her husband Ranasingam’s death, Ariyanachi must fight with everything she has to get his body back from Dubai.
The movie tries to point out everything that happens to the common people in India. Right from water shortage to the delay in getting a dead body back, Ka Pae Ranasingam focuses on various social injustices that the Indian common people have to face everyday.
Taking place in a village, Ranasingam is the villagers’ favourite. He can convince people very well, and his urge to fight for what is right makes Ariyanachi fall for him. The film starts off strong and sweet, focusing on both Ranasingam as a warrior for the people, and as a sweet and lovable romantic. His character is strong and resilient, and someone to truly look up to.
However, the hero of this movie is Ariyanachi. It totally focuses on her fight for justice and to get her husband’s body back. She has to run from pillar to post and has to fight the system to achieve it. For a film that is essentially women-centric, Ka Pae Ranasingam doesn’t offer much space for Ariyanachi. Sure, you see her in almost all the scenes, but you still feel that Ranasingam is the real hero here, although he dies in the first 10 minutes or so. His character looms in the background of the movie, however, and you never really dive too deep into Ariyanachi.
Additionally, let me just mention here that Ka Pae Ranasingam is 3 hours long. Yes, 3 hours. The movie is valid and it is engaging most of the time, but 3 hours is a huge amount of time. The movie focuses on a lot of problems in India which are valid and commendable, but you’ll feel the weight of the film an hour and a half in. The plight of the people and of Ariyanachi will break your heart, and will make you angry too, but there’s still some amount of immediacy missing in the narrative. The government’s inaction is infuriating, but it gets sluggish after a while.
Ka Pae Ranasingam follows a non-linear narrative. The film jumps from present to past and then back and gives us a look at what was and its contrast now. Vijay Sethupathi as Ranasingam is commendable in his performance. Whenever he is on-screen, you feel his presence and he commands the entire movie with his strong aura. Aishwarya Rajesh is good too and does well with her character. She’s seen the most in the movie and gives us a relatable and grounded Ariyanachi who is looking to get his husband back. You can see her power and helplessness all at the same time.
Summing up: Ka Pae Ranasingam
Ka Pae Ranasingam is a political drama that has its heart in the right place. It tries to showcase the helplessness of the commoners when it comes to dealing with matters related to the government. It feels sadder due to the parallels it draws between situations past and present. However, the 3-hour-long film somewhere starts to feel tedious, even while displaying absolutely heart-breaking incidents.
There’s a scene in the movie where it showcases how actor Sridevi’s death made a huge impact on the people and how her family received her body within hours. However, Ariyanachi, helpless for 10 months, is still trying to find answers. It’s scenes like these where the movie shines and shows us how humanity is probably lost.
Ka Pae Ranasingam is streaming on Zee5. You can rent it for Rs 199.
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