Ozhivudivasathe Kali (An Off-Day Game) has a strong Andrei Tarkovsky influence running through it. Maybe director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan is a fan, maybe he is not. It doesn’t matter. But his use of nature, the mountains and endless streams of water serves similar purpose. First up, they form a great visual tapestry for a film that is essentially a buddy movie set in a no man’s land deep in the mountains where five friends get together to drink and make merry. The other more important purpose is that they are used to represent passage of time or even to give us some time to process what we learn about the characters and what they themselves are going through – which is all just over a few hours. Also, did I tell you Sasidharan loves long takes and the latter part of the film is essentially one single take?
Here’s my review of Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Ozhivudivasathe Kali for Silverscreen.in. It is releasing in Chennai tomorrow.