Savarakathi Movie Review: A dark comedy that’s essentially a Mysskin film

Savarakathi talks about life and death and it uses comedy as a backdrop to keep the treatment light and entertaining.

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Director: GR Adithya

Cast: Mysskin, Ram and Poorna among others

Rating: ***

Savarakathi marks the debut of GR Adithya, who happens to be Mysskin’s brother and he leaves a mark in a film, which is, essentially a Mysskin film with a lot of heart. It’s a dark comedy that unfolds in a single day, in a few hours to be precise, in the lives of a thug called Manga and Pichaimurthy, a barber. When they accidentally cross paths while waiting at a traffic signal, it turns out to be a haunting experience for both. Following the incident, Manga swears to kill Pichai and the events that follow form the crux of the story.

Mysskin plays Manga, a hot-headed thug who can’t think straight. He’s out on parole and has just eight hours to go back into remand. As eccentric as one could imagine, Mysskin’s character is funny but equally annoying. But it only takes Mysskin to write such characters and nobody would dare to play it in mainstream cinema. Scenes between him and his gang of misfit henchmen is a laugh riot. Even the silliest of scenes manage to evoke laughter in the most unexpected fashion. The whole sequence where Poorna fakes her labor pain and escapes from Manga’s custody is absolutely hilarious. Mysskin’s over the top portrayal of his character works because as an actor he has no image.

Ram plays Pichai, a barber and an incorrigible liar. Scenes between him and wife, played terrifically by Poorna, are some of the best moments of the film. Poorna plays a character with hearing impairment and it’s a delight to watch her in the role. This performance is proof to the fact that she still happens to be one of most underrated southern actresses. Full credit to Mysskin for giving an actress scope to not just perform but shine at the same time in an author-backed role.

Savarakathi talks about life and death and it uses comedy as a backdrop to keep the treatment light and entertaining. While it’s debatable whether Mysskin shines as a writer in comedy, he certainly proves he’s the boss when it comes to handling human emotions. The detour the story takes in the climax is emotionally hard-hitting and it makes us oversee the erratic tone in the portion up till climax.

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