Life Lessons


It was recently the ten year anniversary of the Gautham Vasudev Menon aka GVM film Vaaranam Aayiram and it is one film that I have always wanted to write about. But I was never able to find the right words. So, this is my attempt at describing what this film has done for me. This is the kind of film that I keep going back to every year. I know exactly which scene is going to make me happy, which one is going to make me cry etc. This familiarity is something that I find comforting. This film shows how good a director GVM can be as he is weaving what can only be described as poetry. Perhaps this movie did not connect with you the same way it did with me and that is fine. However, it did teach me one of the best lessons I’ve got from a movie or otherwise. That is: whatever happens, life must go on. This can seem hard to follow at times but it is the only way we can get through this thing called life.


This is the film that shows what Surya is capable of as an actor and he brings out his full range. The contrast that we see between the father and son (both played by the actor) is remarkable and makes you believe that they are two separate people. We also have the unforgettable music from Harris Jayaraj. The film is excellent on a technical level and works wonders on a narrative basis as well. I try to look at this film analytically but emotion keeps getting in the way.  Everyone has one moment that they can relate to and that is the true beauty of the film. By drawing heavily from his own life, GVM is able to provide a story that is authentic and grows in an organic way. It can be argued that a few aspects have been added to make the film more cinematic but without them, we would be left with a documentary. What surprises me the most is that I’m as impressed by the film today as I was when I saw it for the first time ten years ago. Both the actor and director have not made a film together since but let’s hope that it happens soon. But, if it doesn’t happen, as the film tell us, life must go on.

Until next time, bye.





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