Kallachirippu is a Tamil-language thriller online television series that premiered in India in 2018. It is hosted by Zee5, a video on demand site, and features a non-linear narrative structure. Rohit Nandakumar directed the web series, which was produced by Karthik Subbaraj under his own production firm Stone Bench Productions. This was Karthik Subbaraj’s debut online series as a producer, as well as Stone Bench Productions’ first web series. The online series premiered on the streaming platform Zee5 on July 23, 2018, and finished on July 30, 2018, with just eight episodes.
Amrutha Srinivasan as Mahati
Vikas as Ram
Vignesh Shanmugam as Ram’s boyfriend
The show follows Mahati, a 24-year-old woman, as she embarks on a series of mishaps that begin when she is pushed into an arranged marriage. Then, following a violent fight, Mahati unintentionally stabs her husband to death in self-defense. She quickly wipes her blood-streaked face and summons her lover to help her clean up the mess. This puts in motion a series of events that reveals the actual nature of each of the characters in this marriage. A love tale between a gay couple was also featured in the series.
Kallachirippu has been freed from the constraints that it would have faced in the mainstream thanks to the fledgling world of streaming platform originals, particularly in Tamil. Kallachirippu discusses sex, porn, patriarchy, extramarital relationships, homosexuality, abortion, unhappy marriages, and love, among other topics. They aren’t pushed down your throat; rather, they are snuck in through normal conversation, wrapped in a well crafted storey of falsehoods, deception, and mistrust.
Kallachirippu contains some of the most intriguing talks, many of which are well-written and left me thinking and thinking. Take, for example, Mahathi’s (Amrutha Srinivasan) talks with her mother. It accomplishes three goals in one shot: it defines their characteristics, their connection, and their generation.
Mahathi cries while her mother refuses to utter the word sex. Mahathi’s mother smiles patronisingly, but she refuses to cross her self-imposed limits. These heart-to-hearts reminded me of some conversations I’ve had with my own mother about my seemingly “rebel” decisions — chopping off my hair, getting tattoos, putting an end to my relationship with my mother — in a generation where mothers want their daughters to be free from the chains that have held them back, but not “too free.”
A strong Character
What a pleasure it is to watch Mahathi on television – she is ruthless, cool, and rational, qualities we seldom see in female characters. And her connection with Indra is, strangely, the most practical partnership I’ve seen in recent years, despite the fact that it’s an extramarital affair. Indra attempts to fart in front of Mahathi as a sign of affection. A joke about a man-whore exists.
They talk about ovulation and contraception. Mahathi indulges Indra and silences him in a wonderful balance, acknowledging the man-child he is. It’s apparent that she’s in command, and it’s a delight to witness. Mahathi stays off the bylines since the plot revolves around murders, allowing Indra to perform the dirty work. Rather, she argues, “You must also do it.”
Unpredictable and Unique Background score
Kallachirippu is a neo-noir film with a lot of cursing, to the point that there’s even a swear-word-inspired soundtrack. But it’s a tiny price to pay for Kallachirippu’s delightfully dark tale. The narrator jumps ahead and backward in time, choosing a common theme and contrasting diverse occurrences. So there’s no way of knowing what’ll happen next. The performances and visual treatment have a continuous edginess to them as if they don’t flow together yet eventually do.
Kallachirippu, to borrow a metaphor, is an interesting staccato tune that keeps your attention. Even though it doesn’t seem feasible in the actual world (the fatalities pile up unnecessarily in the end), it makes sense in the dysfunctional world of the novel. The first frame of Kallachiripu is its most distinguishing picture. You would believe this is a joyful family posing for a photograph. A false grin from Kallachirippu.
According to the Indian Express, the series is difficult to evaluate. The conversations and narrative are well-written. The characters’ discussions define their connection and properly depict the generation to which they belong. There is a lot of cursing throughout the series, so much so that there is a soundtrack for it. Nonetheless, the plot is interesting enough to keep the audience’s attention.
The News Minute gave kallachirippu a negative review, stating that it lacked true enjoyment. The screenplay is intricate, multi-layered, and unexpected. Every episode ends on a cliffhanger, each one a little more subtle than the previous and probably a little less effective. The story’s words were well-written, but the performers’ performances in presenting them fell short.
The Times of India commended the show for its suspenseful plot. All of the characters in the web series behave with zeal and rage. The show’s finest feature is its language; the characters’ interactions with one another appeared extremely real. In each episode of Kallachirippu, a fascinating mystery is revealed. In addition, the suspense of the murder was maintained to the very conclusion of the series.
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