Achamillai Achamillai - Pinnacle in Direction, Re-recording and Acting
In my last article on memorable scenes in tamil movies, I wrote about a scene from rajapArvai's scene where the credit mainly went to Direction and Editing. The one I'll be talking about in this post has a lot to do with re-recording direction and excellent acting.
Saritha is one of those actresses who could evoke audience's emotions with just a small change to her facial expression. And K. Balachandar is one of those directors who could make any person, who has even a wee bit of acting talent, to perform exceptionally well on screen. These two have combined to give a bunch of excellent tamil movies in the past. Achamillai Achamillai is one of the best among them.
This story revolves around a how the life of a decent straight-forward man (rAjesh) who works for the betterment of his village without expecting any monetary benefits, is changed into a horrible mess when he joins hands with a bunch of ruthless politicians who will go to any extreme just to win votes. At one point he even gets one of his village people killed. Rajesh has done an excellent job in this role. Saritha who acts as his wife has done a brilliant job and I don't think anyone else could have fit that role better than her. Dimple kapadia, after working with Kamal in Sagar, said "he is the only person in Indian Cinema who could speak volumes with his eyes". Well, I guess she hasn't seen Saritha in Achamillai Achamillai.
The scene which still stands fresh in my mind is one of the best directorial experimentations I have ever seen. The scene requires the actress to bring out the emotions that fill the scene and just display it in her facial expression. Easily said than done. Well, who else is better than Saritha in doing this.
Rajesh (who once was a straight-forward person) has joined a filthy political party and has been a part of a lot of crimes. Also, he has grown increasingly impatient and shouts at everyone in the house, including his wife and his father (who he has been so fond of in better days).
In this particular scene, Rajesh is trying to answer a call from one of his political friends. There are a lot of things happening in the house... His child is crying for food, his father is shouting at him to leave those political goondas and take care of his family etc.. Rajesh finally gets agitated and for the first time starts hitting his father....
The best part of this scene is none of these things are shown on the screen. All this time the camera only focusses on Saritha's face who is concerned about the child when it starts crying for food, gives a sarcastic smile when Delhi Ganesh (Rajesh's dad) tries to convince Rajesh to get back to good ways, gets angry when Rajesh beats his own father and cries when Delhi Ganesh starts crying as he couldn't bear the pain.....
This scene wouldn't have been half as good, if the re-recording wasn't that sound. V. S. Narasimhan just surpassed his mentor in re-recording (illayaraja) in this scene.
To date, I don't know of any parallels to this particular scene....
Truly one of the best scenes I have ever seen. You will definitely have to watch the movie to appreciate this scene.
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