Right, so this not a review, per se. But one of the films that made a lasting impact on me and even today brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it is, ‘Madrasapattinam’.
The fact is, irrespective of whether I believe in Love or not, I’m an incurable romantic! And if you asked me, this is a love story that’s worth remembering. It is a love story that might not have become as famous as ‘Romeo & Juliet’ or ‘Lila and Majunu’. I have no clue why it didn’t, but this is a love story that will always stay in my heart!
If you’ve watched the movie, you know it doesn’t exactly end happily, it ends with them joining each other after death. And if you’ve read a couple blogs of mine, you already know I hate sad endings. So it’s no surprise that the film has me in tears by the time the end comes close.
A story set in the British Colonization period in India, the film follows the story of an Independence fighter who falls in love with the visiting British elite. They fall in love, they learn each others language, they find common ground despite the thousands of kilometers that separated their childhood. They find respite in each other and they fall madly, deeply, and irrevocably in love with each other.
But it isn’t meant to be. They’re backgrounds separate them and they’re forced to end up with a life thousands of kilometers away from each other with their hearts still filled with just that one other person.
But that is, of course, not even half of it. There’s so much more to the story, from the ‘thali’, that she holds on to, to her going out of her way to push him away in the end so that he stays alive, all the way to his undying love for her which almost leads the way the rest of his life is shaped!
So right, there might be loads of mistakes you could probably find with the film. But with absolutely amazing cinematography and a storyline that makes your legs go weak, this is a movie that I would say everyone should watch! But then again, there’s a condition. Don’t go into it expecting a love story like no other. Go into it because you want to be a part of the story. And if you do, trust me, you’ll come with tears in your eyes cursing the director for not bringing them together in the end! At least, I did.
But yea, more importantly, my point.
This is one movie that makes me want to hold on to hope! Hold on to that belief that love does, in fact, exist! That even if your life isn’t picture perfect (and let’s face it, it rarely is), you can still stay an incurable romantic at heart! Because that right there is the fact, you can still find that shard of romanticism everywhere around you in your life!
This is one movie that I will probably never watch again in its entirety. But this is also one movie that I’ll never forget!