‘Light in the Room’ (‘Ottamuri Velicham’): Film Review | Mumbai 2018

An harmless Indian bride is brutally raped and crushed by her bestial husband till she takes issues into her personal arms in Rahul Riji Nair’s award-winning Malayam drama.

The total horror of spousal rape is introduced residence with a vengeance within the Malayam movie Mild within the Room (Ottamuri Velicham), a shocker of a debut function from writer-director Rahul Riji Nair. The story of a woman-hating mountain man who marries a candy younger lady with out kinfolk to guard her is chilling to observe — till the bride decides to liberate herself from the nightmare within the final act. Although Nair finds a intelligent and satisfying approach to finish her torture, it will probably’t erase what has gone earlier than, and there’s a sure imbalance within the narrative that leaves an disagreeable style.

Maybe because of this the story appears extra horror movie than typical drama. Intentionally constructing an environment of horror by the usage of loud, hair-raising music and daring lighting, Nair places his younger heroine Sudha (performed with refreshing naturalness by Vinitha Koshy) in grave hazard in a lonely mountain cabin together with her psychopath husband Chandran (Deepak Parambol), whereas his mom and brother within the subsequent room faux nothing is going on. The movie has received quite a few awards in its native area of Kerala, together with stream online greatest movie on the Kerala State Movie Awards, and will get Nair’s profession off to a quick and colourful begin.

The movie’s restrained working time (for India) provides the editor an opportunity to pay attention the motion. Hassle is brewing from the opening scene of a small wedding ceremony get together bouncing up mountain roads in a jeep, which immediately breaks down. A nasty omen, says one character, and it certain is. The get together reaches the remoted two-room home the place Chandran lives along with his brother Ramesh and his gray-haired mom. Whereas poor Sudha waits nervously within the inside room that’s to be her new residence, the lads get drunk simply exterior her wide-open window. When the groom lastly stumbles inside, he is too wasted to do something together with her.

Nonetheless a virgin, Sudha spends a sleepless, totally dressed evening beside him and her discomfort solely grows when she realizes the window is lacking shutters and the grotesque, hand-made gentle fixture that bathes the room in ugly neon can by no means be turned off. Chandran calls it the “invention of my life” and forbids her to the touch it. By means of the skinny curtain that serves as a door to their room, she realizes with dismay that brother Ramesh can watch her dressing.

However privateness isn’t the one factor missing up Chilly Mountain — fundamental humanity is briefly provide, too. Chandran goes right into a wild rage when Sudha brings him lunch on the “Electricel Reparings” store the place he spends his time tinkering with wires, lights and engines. When, after quite a few days, he decides to consummate their marriage, he does it along with his fists and ready-to-hand instruments like pliers, a hammer and a screwdriver. The torture is off-camera, however the lady’s screams are horrible to listen to.

Underlining how widespread and unremarkable marital rape is, Nair fills the background with surprisingly regular supporting characters who flip a blind eye. Most notable is actress Pouly Valsan as Sudha’s long-suffering mother-in-law, who “comforts” the lady by telling her how she was crushed as a bride, too, and he or she has by no means forgotten the ache. Native particulars add to the realism: a tree that serves as a easy shrine to Shiva, a wild boar that ravages mom’s tapioca backyard, a hailstorm that brings out large scorpions, the astounding fantastic thing about the inexperienced mountains and effervescent streams. Sudha reveals actual pleasure within the pure world round her, the place tigers and elephants are mentioned to roam. However they’re very remoted on the mountain after the native factories shut down and a lot of the inhabitants moved into the valley. Her first escape try fails miserably and Chandran drags her again residence by her hair.

Within the uncomfortable position of the victimized bride, Koshy reveals actual spunk together with totally justified terror of her hillbilly mate. When ultimately she begins to consider methods to be rid of him, the viewers seconds her willpower and trembles on the danger she’s taking. As Chandran, Parambol is a handsome psycho who glowers angrily along with his head down. However he does pack a menace, and it’s saddening that the “regular” folks round him don’t elevate a finger to assist that lady he’s hurting.

Manufacturing firm: First Print Studios
Forged: Vinitha Koshy, Deepak Parambol, Pouly Valsan, Rajesh Sharma, Renjit Shekar Nair
Director-screenwriter: Rahul Riji Nair
Govt producers: Sujith Warrier, Zam Abdul Vahid
Director of pictures: Luke Jose
Manufacturing designer: Sidharth Jeevakumar
Costume designers: Nithya Vijay, Devika S. Nair
Editor: Appu N. Bhattathiri
Music: Siddhartha Pradeep, Sheron Roy Gomez
Casting director: Mohamed Sohal
Venue: MAMI Mumbai Movie Pageant (India Gold)

97 minutes