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For everyone expecting a beautiful story on motherhood, you'll be disappointed with this movie. Kalimannu is not a story about a mother and her unborn baby. It is not even about how she struggles to keep the baby after her husband's death. It is a complete mess.
Plot: Meera (Swetha Menon) is a club dancer in Mumbai. She aspires to be on the big screen someday. In the journey of achieving this dream, she suffers many hurdles, gets used by people and still is not close to her aim. When she loses out on yet another opportunity, she decides to end her life. As luck would have it, she meets a taxi driver Shyam ( Biju Menon). He changes her life from negative to positive in her prime. They marry and have a happy life.
She progresses in her work, getting item dance numbers, and finally clinching her ticket to fame. But tragedy strikes, and on the preview of her movie, Shyam is involved in an accident which leaves him almost dead. Meera is devastated, but she thinks of artificial insemination as a way to remember her husband after his death. Her decision creates an opposition and uproar in the media. Will she be able to give birth to her baby? Will she win the parenting rights of the child? To know more, watch the movie.
Analysis: The movie is a sure commercialization of motherhood. It captures the live childbirth of the lead actress, but apart from that climax, none of the scenes seem real. It does make you wonder, why did they not make a documentary on this topic than a full fledged movie? Sometimes, you question, how does a woman resorting to dancing and no bold character before to help her out of her messes, can be so clear in her thoughts about having a baby alone. It does feel a little out of place in the movie.
The uproar in the media and prying eyes are the evils against her crusade of delivering the baby. In a film talking about its fruit of hard work, Swetha Menon's "labor" does seem to go wasted. The story despite having a good plot does not reach up to the mark such parallel cinema should reach to get the audience's appreciation.
Star Performances: Sadly, none of the performances were worth being mentioned in this area. What could have been Swetha Menon's best role till date, proved to be a sinking ship even her childbirth scene could save. Biju Menon remains largely unexplored in this movie. He in his cameo role, could not do well enough.
1. The lullaby 'Lalee' is a melodious tune which the protagonist sings to her baby. Big thanks to the movie for this one!
2. Some scenes were depicting the woes of a single pregnant woman.
What's not there?
1. Swetha Menon could have performed better.
2. The character of Shyam is left unexplored. Biju Menon neither does justice to his role.
Verdict: If you are searching for a heart-wrenching story, unfortunately, this movie is not made for you. If you are looking for a nice social message promoting documentary, again, this is not for you. If you are willing to spend your bucks on a movie, this is not for you. Skip it, shove it, and don't care. This film has nothing spectacular to offer.
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