Iyer

Year: 2002

U must be wondering why suddenly am I writing on this movie, released way back in 2002.  Had seen this before and loved it then. Saw it again this weekend, fell in love with it again…

This blog is not exactly a review of Mr. and Mrs. Iyer… It is my interpretation of the movie, the story, the actors… everything…As and when i write this, my mind is a pandemonium of scattered thoughts… there is so much i want to write… but i find myself inadequate… in giving it a structure… let me try once more… Plese excuse me, in case it turns out to be an undecipherable gibberish….

Love sometimes springs out of nowhere… amidst chaos, amidst fear, amidst disgust… There r all kinds of things about never toeing across the line… But, in the face of death, all rules, all values, everything seems trivial. At the moment, all u want to do is grab onto dear life… thats all!

Mr & Mrs Iyer is one such story… of a noble Tamil Brahmin married woman with a kid and a Muslim wild-life photographer. 2 strangers…  the way they meet and then finally bid a goodbye… A lot has been written about the story of the movie before… for those uninitiated, the plot is that of a riot-struck region… i plan to mention here some of my favorite scenes from the movie and their interpretation…

An old muslim couple r travelling in the bus through the riot struck region. Their interactions r very simple. He, an old man of around 80 and she, a dutiful wife of around 70. What struck to me as beautiful in their relationship was the fact that after sooo many years of being married together, they knew each other sooo well… He stretches out his palm and says “zara do na (Please give)” … she puts her hand in the bag, takes out something and gives it to him. He never needed to tell what he wanted, she never needed to ask. They both knew!

The change in the attitude and thinking of the lady, Meenakshi Iyer is brought about very subtly… She doesnt know that the guy travelling with her is a muslim.. She thinks of him to be a hindu and drinks from his water bottle… When she realises the same, she is so aghast, she wants to puke… Towards the end of the movie, u see her asking him for his bottle and drinking from the same. The scene brings a smile on ur face. It is a testimony of the “changed” Tam-Brahm lady…

Meenakshi Iyer thinks Raja has left her and her son in the cottage for good…. She is disappointed and curses him for being so callous… Suddenly she spots him lying on the grass in front of the cottage…. wipes a tear… takes the kid… goes to where he is… looks at him with dewy eyes… he looks at her and says hello… A very very simple scene… but marks the first hints of attraction between the two…

They r both going back in the train. This is the first time, u see hints of jealously creeping up in Meena’s mind… She asks him if he had been the forest he had talked about as part of their cooked up honeymoon… he nods in affirmation, she looks at him, is visibly uncomfortable and asks if he was alone… He looks at her… for a minute, the two dont say anything… then he asks her, “why do u ask”… she looks away, doesnt say a word and is feeling stupid for having asked such a personal thing. The scene is soo beautifully shot… U can see that the lady knows that she is falling in love with him…. and yet tries desperately not to… Beautiful!🙂

The movie is full of more such beautiful moments… In case u have missed this one… Please go watch it. U wont regret…