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Power of Woman
Cast: Hariharan,Kushboo,Riaz Khan
Jayadevi attempts to bring out the subordination of women in a modern society dominated by men.
Aatma (Hariharan) is a fusion singer of international repute. He is also a painter-sculptor. He has written a book "Marana Sasanam". This book creates a stir among the various religions and the court decrees that the writer be kept under house arrest till a committee set up to study the contents of the book decides. Aatma then tells a group of students who visits him about the life of Jothy (Kushboo), the village girl who married Shyam (Riaz Khan), settled in Canada and after many a suffering, was killed by her husband.
Jothy, who was married when she was ten, became a widow even before she completed school. She took to classical singing and when Shyam, a wealthy NRI married her and took her to Canada, she was in heavenly bliss. She meets Aatma, the popular fusion singer who mixes classical eastern music with rock. Seeing her singing talents, the composer brings her into his troupe. All her dreams are shattered when she finds out that her husband is engaged in selling fake passports and in other underworld activities. She tells him to turn over a new leaf or not to have any physical link with her. This infuriates Shyam who harasses her mentally and physically. He also alleges that she is having an extra marital affair with Aatma. When she hears that her husband is going to blow up the tower in Canada, she decides to tell the police but she is killed by Shyam. Aatma reveals the various instances in the holy books of various religions which gives woman only a secondary status and makes her a slave to men. The court does not ban the book.
The director should be commended for attempting to tell a tale of male domination in society. The narration is very jerky. At time it looks very affected. The saving grace of the film is Kushboo, who plays the traumatic woman putting up a brave front. Singer Hariharan who has made his screen debut as Aatma has given a fair performance. Vidyasagar's score is average, while cameraman Kichas does a good job in showing the locales of Canada.
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