In recent times, Tamil cinema industry has been witnessing many women taking up direction as their profession. While Aishwarya Dhanush Rajnikanth would be a famous example, thanks to her movie 3, people like Brindha and many are seriously hitting the deck hard with their direction. The interesting fact is that these women directors are a welcome note to cinema industry, as they come up with interesting filmmaking elements. Gauri Shinde is a great example for picking up a different yet moving storyline to bring back the glory of Sridevi in English Vinglish. Debutant Lakshmy Ramakrishnan is one such daring woman who has come up with Aarohanam, which has some good substance and good narration.
Nirmala (Viji Chandrasekar) is the pillar for her two kids. She earns them a life and education, although her husband lives away from her with another woman. Marriage is about to happen for her elder daughter and one day she does not return to home from her work. Her school going son Senthil (Veeresh) finds her mom and with her sister, she seeks the help of their father to find their mom. All the three take the journey of finding Nirmala that night, which seems to reveal many shocking incidents and findings regarding her!
Debutant director Lakshmy Ramakrishnan has done a fabulous job, of course. She has handled all the elements of Aarohanam by carefully addressing them with perfection and care. The narration in the first half appears to be lightening fast, since audiences easily stick with it right from the start. The director also shows her brilliance in revealing true colors of the character Nirmala, which does through the screenplay and not simply by words.
A mental illness problem – bipolar disorder, is also handled effectively by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan and she has leveraged the audiences’ knowledge of that metal illness, thanks to the movie 3. The right combination of technicians has improved the quality of the movie to a greater extent.
Overall, Aarohanam is a tale that is worth watching!