Baaram (A)
21/Feb/2020 91mins


Critics Review


A Gritty Attempt That Proves Its Worth With Brilliance Written All Over It!

Baaram by director Priya Krishnaswamy is that film you get once in many years which deserves to be celebrated for its purity and unadulterated treatment, clubbed with a philosophical layer that questions the ways of our society. Are we still in a very dark time and era where old people cannot feel safe? These questions will arise in every watcher's mind and the aptly titled Baaram will have a lasting effect on everyone! Go for it and experience real cinema!(more)

Source: Akash, MovieCrow


hard-hitting social drama that questions your actions and thoughts, brutally! Go watch it for the love of cinema!

Baaram will book a memorable place in Tamil cinema, along the lines of Kuttram Kadithal, ToLet, etc. Baaram is a film that has been made for the love of cinema and it needs the support of the Tamil cinema audience.(more)

Source: Galatta Review Panel,


A melancholic narration that loses grip and shape

Baaram could have been so much more as a film. An efficient example in how to engross the viewer in its narrative technique � weaving simple cinematic shots, exploiting the most basic of film-making and cinematography principles to present a compelling tale that jolts your conscience. I wouldn't dare say that it crumbles under the burden of heightened expectations from a viewer's point of view, what with it being a National Award winner.(more)

Source: Pradeep Kumar, The Hindu


Priya Krishnaswamy's Drama About A Form Of Euthanasia Eschews Sensationalism For Quiet Power

The director keeps her distance. Like a diligent reporter, she is interested in (1) how thalaikoothal is organised, and (2) what you'd do if you knew someone was killed in this manner.(more)



Baaram is a hard-hitting film on a social issue that is rarely spoken about. Try not to miss.

Overall, the film is a hard-hitting one with a strong social message. It has crafty camerawork and soulful music, coupled with some brilliant performances. It is honest, and the intent is right. However, the treatment stops Baaram in its quest of becoming a masterpiece.(more)

Source: Behindwoods Review Board,


Priya Krishnaswamy's film is a shocking take on parricide

Raju plays Karuppasamy. His character is bed-ridden after the accident, and Raju brings out his pain without going over the top.(more)

Source: Haricharan Pudipeddi, Hindustan Times


A necessary film

We would have liked Baaram more if it told the story of people, instead of an issue, Thalaikoothal. Nevertheless, we liked how Priya managed to present the film on her terms.(more)

Source: subhakeerthana, Indian Express


A Shocking Truth And Many Wonderful Performers

Even the missteps in enunciating dialogues work in their favour and don't seem out of place. The live sound helped enhance the mood of the film, but the music had little effect on the story.(more)



The arthouse approach is both a plus and a minus

However, this also lends a colder vibe to the film. We are one step detached from the emotions of the characters, so their problems never feel immediate for us. It doesn't help that the actors are raw and somewhat stiff. The characters, too, are painted in black and white.For example, we don't get a reason for Senthil's uncaring attitude towards his father. This approach makes them mere placeholders onto which the director can hang her plot. These result in a film that makes you think, but fails to make you feel.(more)

Source: Suganth, Times Of India


Torn between being a moving tale and a docudrama

The first few scenes seamlessly establish the predicament of the protagonist Karuppasamy who is desperate to buy a flute for his granddaughter but doesn�t have enough money for it. (more)

Source: Kirubhakar Purushothaman, The New Indian Express


Docu-drama feel

Baaram scores with its message and hard-hitting tone and it is clear that the film was made like an art house one with a running time of 91 minutes aimed at festival audiences. The film would have been far better if the characterizations and performances were better. All ready director Madhumita had come out with KD on the same subject which could strike a better chord as the story had the heart in the right place. (more)

Source: Movie Buff,