SG Charles’s Soppana Sundari, which is led by three women in central characters, is a simple film with heart in the right place. A crime comedy, which focuses more on the aftermath of the crime as well as the chaos created by the crime itself than the crime itself. Unlike most crime comedies, Soppana Sundari is refreshing because it never takes itself too seriously and that works massively in the film’s favour. The film, which is about the madness that revolves around the ownership of a car, borrows its title from the comic segment of the 1989 Tamil film Karakattakaran about Soppana Sundari’s car possession. Read also: driver jamuna movie review
Aishwarya Rajesh She plays the role of Agalya, who comes from a lower middle class family. She is the earning member of her family, which includes her bedridden father, mother and a mute elder sister who is past her marriageable age. One fine morning, his life takes a drastic turn when he learns that he has won a car in a lottery. But their happiness is short-lived as multiple parties come forward to claim the ownership of the car, giving way to so much chaos and drama. Desperate to keep their car, the family finds themselves embroiled in a crime and the events that follow take a dark turn.
Soppana Sundari is one of those rare films where while most women are sidelined to play characters that don’t add much value in mainstream cinema, she takes center stage and packs a solid punch. SG Charles deserves a lot of praise for writing a dark comedy around women who are not ashamed to get their hands dirty. In one of the best parts of the film, the family decides to make money off their ailing father (an alcoholic for many years) after the mother abandons him and decides to sell his organs to save herself from the mess she is in. decides in which they participate. It is written with some conviction and the women equally deserve praise who did justice to that writing with their performances.
Another interesting aspect of the film is that the women fight for themselves till the end. Even when they find themselves in the most unexpected of situations, they muster up the courage to find a way out. Not even for a minute do we see women in the film being dependent on any male character. Soppana Sundari is a grotesque look at human desire and shows that one will go too far if blinded by greed. The film is reminiscent of Nelson’s Kolamavu Kokila, another dark comedy about a lower middle-class family trapped in an extraordinary situation. Thankfully, Soppana Sundari is not as dark as Nelson’s film, but it ups the ante in its comic treatment which makes it unique.
When it comes to performances, Aishwarya Rajesh is surely the pick of the actors. However, she is strongly supported by the presence of Deepa Shankar, who really scores well in a few scenes with Lakshmipriya. The climactic action episode (involving Aishwarya) may seem a bit far-fetched, given that the film never tries to scale up. Still, that’s hardly a complaint in an otherwise largely entertaining film.
film: soppan sundari
Director: SG Charles
mould: Aishwarya Rajesh, Lakshmipriya Chandramouli, Deepa Shankar, Karunakaran and Mime Gopi