Films that got recognition after years of its Release
Films that got recognition years after its Release
#1 Anbe Sivam
If someone asks me the synonym of ‘Masterpiece’, my mouth will utter ‘Anbe Sivam’ in a jiffy without even consulting my mind for commands. Such is the impact of that film on me! It was indeed an inspiration for many writers and many started to love ‘Kamal-the Writer’ more than the actor in him. To put in a nutshell, Anbe Sivam is the reason for the birth of the aspirations in many to become a writer!
Anbe Sivam revolves around the following sub-plots:
- A Capitalist who values time more than people (Madhavan) versus a Communist who helps even those ill-treating him (Kamal),
- An Agnostic who believes in Humanity (Kamal) versus a Superstitious man who betrays his employees (Nasser),
- A Rich self-obsessed woman (Kiran) falling in love with an upright Communist-cum-creative Artist (Kamal),
- The second fiddle (Santhaana Bharathi) of a selfish industrialist refusing to kill an innocent being (Kamal) and thus trying to be human is indeed a moral victory to humanity,
- A stable man (Kamal) who doesn’t follow a religion blindly, since he was helped by a nun of that religion.
- A victim (Kamal) embracing the Character (stray dog), which made him a victim.
- And the most important message is ‘suiting up doesn’t necessarily make a person, a Gentleman (Yugisethu)’!
Talking about Humanity, Superstition, Agnostic, Capitalism, Communism, Forgiveness, Stable-mindedness, Self-realization and many more qualities about life requires great skill. And Kamal has conveyed these qualities through the screenplay rather than mere preaching (like the Moral Science teacher Dir. Samuthrakani).
‘Wisdom grows with age’, they say. As a 90’s kid, I would say ‘Anbe Sivam grows with age’! We might have studied Photosynthesis or Structure of Brain or Periodic Table from primary to higher-secondary or even college. Our knowledge travels from surface to root with increasing class. Similarly, Anbe Sivam grows on you with age!
Perception 1: Watching Anbe Sivam as a kid!
As a 9 years old kid, I felt Anbe Sivam was a triangular love story. Every kid likes triangular love stories, and I too did (Though Minsara Kanavu was my favourite till then). My understanding about the film was Kamal loves Kiran; Nasser is against Kamal; Kamal unfortunately meets with an accident; Nasser lies to Kamal and finally Kamal gives up his love for his good friend Maddy.
But I sensed a pleasant feeling once I finished watching it. I didn’t know the reason then, and I didn’t even have a clue that it will grow on me in years to come!
Perception 2: Watching Anbe Sivam as a teen!
As a teen with Economics subject in my secondary school syllabus, I could understand around 20-30% of dialogues emphasizing communism and capitalism. At that time I understood about strikes conducted by unions regarding salary issues. I could even understand that Rs.910 was their salary but didn’t understand about the plight of labourers. I also didn’t have a clue about Nasser’s capitalistic mind-set.
But, this time I got a better understanding about humanity whenever Kamal says ‘Neenga daan Kadavul’ in the scene where Maddy donates blood to a kid but he dies. And moreover, I felt the essence of this film especially in the climax during Santhana Bharathi’s self-realization!
Again, during that phase of my life, I got a pleasant feeling every time I watched the film!
Perception 3: Watching Anbe Sivam as an Adult!
The first thing I understood was the meaning for the lyrics of the street play song. ‘Vaangurathu sambalam 910, kudumba baaram sumaka unaku ethu ayya sathu?’ was a lyric that kept resonating and growing on my mind, since it can be heard in every middle-class households like mine!
The dialogues, ’Multinational Company kaaran tooki podra elumbu tunda, poruki tingara naai’ and ‘Every dog has its day’ finally got a solution in my mind. I also got a better perception about the terms related to Communism like Comrade, Karl Marx, Red, Axe & Hammer and Union. Especially the painting on the wall made me inspire the wit of Kamal-the Writer!
And I would firmly infer that the pleasant feel, Anbe Sivam offers with every watch is directly proportional to infinity. Hence, there might be an end card to the movie but not to the pleasantness it creates!
Unlike other parents who would pressurize their kids to learn Aathicudi and Tirukural to learn about life, I would just recommend my kids (in the future) to watch Anbe Sivam and I hope that it would flood them with sufficient humanity!