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Sringaram Movie review
Sringaram tugs at one's heartstrings, setting off a new rhythm of passion. Sringaram is the dance of love indeed!
The short film is the story of a dancer who goes against all odds to follow her dreams. Mathura [Aditi] is a passionate dancer who is forced to endure the life of a Devadasi [temple dancer] and also be the mistress to the Mirasu, an affluent man in the village by the law of the land. Her only solace is her dance. Constrained by social norms, Mathura resigns to the life thrust upon her. However, her burning desire to pursue her art in a more dignified way sees run away from her village and gradually rise to the top as a renowned dancer.
Set in the beginning of the freedom struggle, the movie is a celebration of womanhood in a time when women knew no freedom. Sringaram is Mathura's story of subjugation, rebellion and victory. There are other women characters in the movie, Kamavalli [Hamsa], Ponnamal [Manju], the Mirasu's wife [Aishwarya] and Ambhujam [Lakshmi Ravi], each an apt portrayal of the women of that time. Sringaram is at once the story of an oppressed woman and an aesthetic period film. Mathura's struggle comes across thorugh her expressive dance choreographed by Saroj Khan with the music composed by Padmabhushan Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. Madhu Ambhat's cinematography has captures the 'mudras' (gestures) and 'abhinaya' (expressions) beautifully
For a debutante director, Sharadha Raman has outdone herself and for a debutant actress, Aditi's performance is spectacular. The 117-minute-long movie as a whole has done tremendously and has already bagged three national awards - for choreography, music and cinematography. The movie is a must-watch - a much needed break from the usual violence and glamour. Sringaram is a movie with substance, and Sharadha deserves a pat on the back for her effort.