My thoughts during Aruvi.
Disclaimer Not a review incase you are expecting that.
Imagine that you were in Aruvi‘s position while watching this film and you’ll get to know about how a life can ever exist. It isn’t about what a director wants to say through his film, it is all how well he wants to deliver his message. The way that Director Arun Prabhu has taken care of the writing and filming, makes this film not only as one of the best films of this year, but also one the best films from Tamil Cinema. Aruvi is a bag of emotions which will teach us the necessary life lessons.
Who is Aruvi? A girl who was similar to us when she was born and yet something made her lead an odd life. The fear of death is approaching her as he was HIV/AIDS positive, all she could believe was to survive amidst the opposition of the society.
Interrogation starts. And a million of questions will begin to linger us. We are wondering why a girl called Aruvi was arrested? The obvious guess would be that she is a terrorist. All the promotional videos and posters will lead to this conclusion, but that’s where the director fools us with his exceptional writing. Aruvi is the antagonist here. The police officer came up with all questions that might help him to a conclusion. But this is not the end until he meets Aruvi and her friend Emily.
The police met beauty and humanity. The moment when he began questioning Aruvi, her memories flashes, and burns to ashes. She was raised like all other girls, highly attached to her father, a student who never really enjoyed her studious life and came across a lot many things like what every other girl in this world would experience in her teenage life.
Everything went on well until a day came which changed her entire life. But we the audience will be wondering since she had wasted her entire teenage life, her parents could not accept her to be a part of her family. When everyone around her poured feelings of hate over her, all she had was only two options. She decides to leave home instead of committing suicide.
We the audience would be trying to connect all the dots from the half-boiled plot. Is she an antagonist or a protagonist? The director is clever, isn’t he? She decides to stay a few days at her friend’s but the inappropriate behavior of the tenant will make her rent a new home. And that’s where Aruvi met her going-to-be-a-beloved friend Emily.
Back to the present. The police officer began to question Aruvi’s only friend Emily.
When Aruvi met Emily, humanity was born. Emily works as a tailor and the director portrayed her as a transgender. And probably, she will be one of the trans-characters that we’ll remember throughout our life. When Aruvi was helpless, she came as a helping hand. The audio fades out. All we could visually witness is Aruvi explaining her wildest nightmare to her only friend. A beautiful humanity was born and they both lived happily ever after until they met with a turning point.
Aruvi Official Trailer
The turning point. The point where the director literally plays with his screen-writing skills. Spoofing a reality show, yet he delivered the message what he meant to say with an impact. Director of the show, allowed her to participate in the show.
“Are they the victims or Is she a victim?” Aruvi pointed out the three persons who caused the tangles in her life and revealed the dark truth that she was suffering from AIDS. This is where the director untied the truth about why the society was ignoring her. This particular scene was entirely conquered by Aditi who played the role of Aruvi. That conversation with the society by using the power of media, Aruvi unfolds the harsh reality faced by people like her. Due to few unavoidable circumstances, she decides to keep all people around her as hostages. And the background music by Bindhu, along the screenplay, blends together to portray Aruvi as an antagonist.
In the second half, the director gives equal importance to all the characters, and why would I’ve to say that? For example, the person who plays as a cameraman in the reality show. The way he says “Rolling Sir,” the way it sounded has its own uniqueness. A character named Subash had a sense of black humor in it. A person who played as an ambitious assistant director who wants to make his own feature film one day. There is this scene where Aruvi wants to play Spin the bottle with the hostages and one among the three persons which were mentioned earlier gets caught. Aruvi asked him, “When was the time he cried?” and also asked him to perform that act. He talks about his favorite person who passed away recently, and that moment he poured out in tears. When all these stuff were going on, people got to know about the beautiful heart of Aruvi.
Aruvi had no intention to hurt them, all she wanted to prove them was, she may be HIV positive person, but she too has the heart to live. She decided to surrender in the end. Thus, we came to know about “Who was Aruvi?” On the verge being a dead person, she decides to make a 3:42 second video to all those people who knew her. This final scene will show that this film is a bag of emotions and a life lesson to be learned. In the end, it was just a beginning. The director shows how Aruvi was happy once before.
As said earlier, Aruvi’s journey can never be forgotten. An emotional treatment. She taught me a life lesson. In the end of this film, I was in tears. Director Arun Prabu Purushothaman must be proud of this making this film. One of the best films ever made.