Miga Miga Avasaram - Earnest attempt!
As the starting credits roll over a black background we hear a telephonic conversation between a female constable and her higher official. He is asking her for sexual favours and the lady keeps rejecting the proposal. But there is fear in her voice. While she has all the rights to get angry and yell at him for pestering her, she is desperately trying to not antogonise him by saying 'No'. This conversation lays out the stark difference between the powerful and the powerless. This film is about these differences. 'No means a No' but what are the repercussions of saying a 'No'?
The best thing about the film is its earnestness that is hard to miss. It is this earnestness that makes us overlook a lot of its limitations in the craftsmanship. A lady constable on duty at a public place is not in a position to answer nature's call. Well, this is pretty much the premise of Miga Miga Avasaram. You now understand the context of the title right?
Sri Priyanka as the protagonist is about adequate. She fits the bill and is good at places but the inexperience also shows up a lot of times. There is a sense of amateurishness that runs through the film. The acting, the staging and the dialogues too. There are repeated shots of the leading lady drinking water and shots of water leaking from a pipe. The intention might have been to be a little poetic and metaphorical but these are overdone. The director makes a lot of commentary about the state of Sri Lankan Tamils as well. He sort of does it well by having a character that is part of the plot. But the dialogues are a litte too direct and don't give the feel of a conversation.
The film takes a very basic and common situation and uses it to make a point about a lot of things - the patriarchal nature of our society, the double edged nature of social media and how the hierarchy of power works. I particularly liked the way how most of the characters were sort of very real and prisoners of their situations. There was a humane side to most of them but they can do only so much.
Miga Miga Avasaram is a well intentioned film and the earnestness is very apparent. But craftsmanship is a different story altogether. Given the crisp running time and what it wants to talk about, the film is a worthy attempt that warrants attention.
Rating : 2.5/5