‘The Great Indian Kitchen’ Movie Review: A Necessary Remake To Show Patriarchy Its Place

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Aishwarya Rajesh and Rahul Ravindran in 'The Great Indian Kitchen'
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Aishwarya Rajesh and Rahul Ravindran in ‘The Great Indian Kitchen’ | Photo credit: Special Arrangements

Samaica pudicoma (Do you like cooking?),” he asks her. Sumika Theriom (I know how to cook),” she says matter-of-factly, and he jokingly replies, Enakku saapida pudikkum (I like to eat).”

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For the first time, this light-hearted conversation has taken place between Rahul Ravindran and Aishwarya Rajesh. Latest Tamil Movie Great Indian cuisinethey later get married and the wedding scenes are happy and colorful, almost unlike anything that happens in the bride’s life after the ceremony.

And that’s not saying anything. fearsome It happens to him, as some movies do. Life changes, and that’s about as scary as it gets.

In this Tamil remake of The famous Malayalam movie of the same name, the monotony and slowness associated with cooking plays on a loop. Aishwarya Rajesh wakes up and goes to the kitchen, does her chores, prepares food for the day and cleans the dishes: in another commercial film, this might be the subject of a few seconds, but this terrifyingly real image. How does life change? For Women After Marriage, it is the bulk of the 95-minute runtime.

Watching fun cooking videos on Instagram and wanting to try some new recipes? Watch Great Indian cuisine To get a practical version of how that cooking exercise might actually work. In fact, during the one occasion when the men of the house decide to cook, that is exactly what happens.

The film makes some pertinent points about the patriarchy and how some men treat the women of their household, especially during difficult times. The Kannan-directed Tamil version is just a polished version of the same dish that the Malayalam original, starring Nimisha Sajjan and Sooraj Venjaramudhu, produced in 2021, thus relegating men to housework. A conversation started at the dinner table about the character. Like the original, it focuses on the ordinary to bring out the extraordinary emotions. A shot of leftover vegetable scraps clogging the kitchen sink, or a shot of a running water faucet may not be visually pleasing to the eye, but it drives home enough.

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Cast: Aishwarya Rajesh, Rahul Ravindran, Poster Nandha Kumar, Yogi Babu

Director: Kanan

Story: A woman has to adjust herself to the ways of the new family she walks into after marriage

Aishwarya Rajesh’s anger rises like a pile of garbage in a dustbin… and in this scene when it reaches its tipping point, Aishwarya is at her best. She seethes with anger, and we feel that anger to a great extent.

Aishwarya Rajesh on the sets of 'The Great Indian Kitchen'

Aishwarya Rajesh on the sets of ‘The Great Indian Kitchen’

What we don’t quite notice is the relationship she shares with her husband, played by Rahul Ravindran. I wish Kanan had provided more depth to this. There’s a rare moment when she opens up — for the first time — about her lack of table manners. This should have sparked some conversation, giving us an insight into their relationship, but the scene just opens with an angry husband storming out of the room. The film has few characters – it mainly revolves around the couple and the man’s father, played by ‘Poster’ Nandha Kumar – and even fewer locations; The dining room and kitchen are the most prominent spaces. Providing some kind of distraction is Yogi Babu, who arrives one day unannounced, but his guest appearance is of no importance to the proceedings.

The problem with Great Indian cuisine He has a one-sided approach to the issue. While things feel natural in the Malayalam version, here, in a few sequences, it just feels forced to drive home. Even having a scene that showcases Aishwarya’s fault or Rahul showing at least one positive streak helps balance things out.

Having said that, Great Indian cuisine It is a very important film. While the Malayalam original was consumed by a large audience on OTT platforms, the Tamil version may reach a new set of audiences – and that’s enough to make practitioners of present-day patriarchy sit up and take note. .

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