Appatha Review: Urvashi Is Soulful In This Bland Slice-Of-Life Drama

Harshini S V

In Terms of Feel-Good Films, We Expect An Emotional Heft

It might be in the protagonist’s strong conflict, a self-realisation arc, relationship troubles. Priyadarshan’s Appatha has some of such elements.

Sam Never Liked His Childhood, His Mother, or The Pickles She Made

The first one is the beautiful portrayal of an estranged relationship between Kannamma (Urvashia) and her son Paavada Saamy. The distance between the two places isn’t as much as the emotional gap that separates the duo

When She Is Left Alone With The Dog, We Get Some Rib-Tickling Sequences

She moves to Chennai upon her son’s request but soon realises that all he wants from her is to look after his dog when he is out on a vacation with his wife and kid.

There is a Reason Kannamma is Fondly Called Appatha (Grandmother)

A kid at heart and the most knowledgeable person in the village, she is wise and kind towards everyone and cares for even strangers like any elder in their family would.

 You Don’t Have The Sweet-Knowing-Satisfactory Smile

Only the wordplay and wacky ideas in the dialogue do the heavy lifting. So when the film ends, you don’t have the sweet-knowing-satisfactory smile playing on your lips that such films often leave you with.