Kadaisi Vivasayi movie review: A satire wrapped in a socio-economic commentary
What: Kadaisi Vivasayi review : written, directed and edited by M Manikandan, Kadaisi Vivasayi depicts the farmer's turmoil without getting preachy.
OTT movie Kadaisi Vivasayi synopsis
The movie stars a real-life octogenarian farmer named Nallandi playing Mayandi who is opposed to selling his land to the financiers for development projects, unlike the rest of the village who have succumbed to their proposal.
One day, he finds a peacock and 2 peahens dead in his paddy field and buries them, but he is accused of killing them and tried in the court.
The film is as much as a satire as it’s a socio-economic commentary underlining hybrid seeds and fertilizers, industrial animal feed, other high-input practices that destroy the farmer’s sustenance and the importance of agriculture.
It essentially depicts the farmer's turmoil without getting preachy.
Manikandan, who is also credited with the cinematography, paints the film with unmistakable authenticity and lends impeccable rural touch.
But the heart lies at the protagonist - the last farmer standing at the crossroads of modernity and tradition. He is frail and weak but solidly witted and straightforward.
He firmly believes that agriculture can save humanity and idolizes the 'mother' paddy seeds.
Nallandi performs without a hint of affectation and infuses life to the narrative. Unfortunately, he passed away before the release of the film. There are other threads that run in parallel the film's core plot - we get to see Vijay Sethupathi, who is also the executive producer of the film, and John Babu in short but impactful parts.
The Tamil film-maker takes a giant leap in casting non-actors to bring out the striking realism in the film's milieu.
Manikandan worked with real ragpicker boys in his acclaimed debut of 2014,Kaaku Muttai.
It’s a simple story told with full heart without resorting to blood and gore, that we witnessed in last year's critically acclaimed Jai Bhim.
Interestingly, Manikandan played a victim of police atrocity there.
There are some parallels between the film's narrative and Ramrao: The story of India’s farm crisis, the most recent book of journalist Jaideep Hardikar, which sheds light on the farmer suicides.
We actually see Mayandi in a similar predicament. He is cajoled by a dubious shopkeeper for sowing genetically modified tomato seeds that produce seedless yields but he denies his attempts.
The book had ended on a positive note; the film too ends with positivity. The reality is of course darker and grimmer.
I go with 3.5 stars for Kadaisi Vivasayi.The film is streaming on SonyLIV