The Hangout Series #3

The one thing that can be said about Kancharapalem is that, you feel that you know what is going to happen. But the way they take this story forward is quite interesting. I do not want to say more and spoil it for those who haven’t yet seen it.

This is a film with four ‘different’ stories that talk about one emotion – love. We see love of different ages and shades and the keyword here is relatability. No matter how old or young you are, there is something that you can relate to and that is the beauty of the film.

A film like this needs to have interesting characters to work and thankfully it has quite a few of them. Take one look at your neighborhood and you are sure to run into someone who is quirky in their own way. Kancharapalem at times feels like a documentary. This is not in its cinematic form but rather in its treatment of the characters. We feel like we are a fly on the wall that is observing what is happening.

When this happens, you do not need to have a plot per say, all that needs to happen is for the proceedings to flow in an organic manner. This happens for the most part and aside from a few cinematic moments at the end of the film, what we see is a highly realistic portrayal of small-town India.

Another aspect that works in the film’s favor is the universal appeal of its setting. Though the story is set in Kancharapalem, this could be any small-town in India. Everywhere, we get to see problems relating to religion, caste, social status etc.

There is a lot of humor present in the film and that makes it possible to truly hangout with these people. Yes, there are some really emotional moments but you do not feel overwhelmed by them. Even when something poignant happens, the way it is presented is very simple. It is just everyday people having everyday realizations.

This is nice because not all of us have these realizations in a big dramatic way. Kancharapalem presents this in a more understated fashion and for that I would like to thank director/writer Venkatesh Maha.

As for flaws in Kancharapalem, I did feel that the length was a little too much at times. But every time that happened, there was something to make me smile or tear up. A true hangout film doesn’t make you feel the same emotion over and over. It takes you on a journey that can sometimes be bumpy but the destination is beautiful and that makes it worth it.

Until next time, bye.

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