Netflix’s next Paava Kadhaigal has been intriguing from the word go. The anthology film came to the fore with a teaser that left everyone intrigued about the worlds and the characters who seemed distinct from what we’ve been seeing. And now, with the promo of Thagam by noted filmmaker Sudha Kongara, the makers have upped the anticipation. The film, according to the official synopsis, ‘explores the themes of transphobia and inter religion marriage, through a love triangle’ and just the tip of the iceberg.
With flashes and glimpses that promise a touching tale, Thangam traces the story of 27-year-old Sathaar, a transgender who is secretly in love with his childhood best friend, Saravanan. Everyone, including Sathaar’s family, consider him an embarrassment – all except Saravanan, who has forever been his pillar of support. Saravanan, however, is in love with Saathar’s sister, Sahira. But their love, too, is forbidden. What follows is an emotional journey that holds up a mirror to the plight of transgenders and their place in society. Kalidas Jayaram plays the part of Sathaar and looks convincing to the T, evoking emotions with each expression. The film also stars Bhavani Sre and Shanthnu Bhagyaraj in pivotal roles.
The director opened up about the same and said, “The story touched my heart and I wanted to share it with the world. I did a lot of research on the transgender community and met members to understand their emotions, desires, and their battles. This film was particularly challenging as I had to share a poignant and deep story with all the raw emotions and turmoils in a span of 30 minutes. I hope Thangam resonates with the audience as much as it did with me when I first read it .”
Apart from Kongara, the four-part anthology brings together four formidable directors including Vignesh Shivan, Gautham Vasudev Menon and Vetri Maaran. It is produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Movies and Ashi Dua Sara’s Flying Unicorn Entertainment.
Paava Kadhaigal is all set to release on Netflix on December 18.
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