Director Ram of Kattradhu Thamizh and Thanga Meengal fame is not distracted from mainstream cinema as he continues to do off-beat movies that he loves to make. His latest film is Taramani, which has Andrea Jeremiah and Vasanth Ravi in the leads. His latest film is a take on the impacts of globalisation.
The freedom that women have started enjoying due to globalisation and how the men are stuck between conservative and modern mindset forms the crux of the story. Andrea Jeremiah plays an Anglo-Indian girl and Vasanth Ravi will be seen as her boyfriend. She has done the role of Alethea, a straightforward, strong and highly self-esteemed city girl, while the hero enacts the character of a village boy, who comes to the city.
Apart from narrating the stories of a few characters, Taramani also attempts to remind people about how life should be lived – the need to empathise even with animals, the need to protect our ecology, the importance in letting others live – all in a non-preachy way. It also delves deep into the ‘complex’ things like globalisation, demonetisation, ego, desire, greed, lust, hypocrisy, compassion, frustration and more.
We have had numerous women-centric films which touched upon the varied woes of average women in our society. However, a lion’s share of them, knowingly or unknowingly, had women living life and behaving within the societal norms, so that even the average judgemental audience could empathise with them effortlessly. But for a change, Taramani, which is set against an IT hub of the same name, narrates the life of Diya (Andrea Jeremiah), a free-spirited lady.