With remakes, you usually know what you are signing up for. The plot twists, the character arcs — the fruit often doesn’t fall far from the tree and so, we end up with films that are largely faithful to the original. Temper, the film that Ayogya is a remake of, introduced me to the sphere the latter will exist in as well as its limitations and outlandishness. The Jr NTR-starrer shaped my expectations and ensured I wasn’t fuming out of the theatre at the end of Ayogya.
The basic premise of Keni is extremely intriguing. In a drought struck region on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, there is one well that miraculously has water. In a re-survey conducted by the government, the state border shifts a bit causing the well to fall under Kerala, but the house it belongs to comes under Tamil Nadu’s jurisdiction. A tussle for water ensues, thanks to the trigger from owner Indira (Jayaprada). An order is levied that allows only Indira to use the water from the well within the jurisdiction that falls under the neighbouring state. (personally, it refuses to make sense). As the villages continue to suffer, Indira begins her struggle to make the water accessible to everyone. Further, the story unfurls through three journalists who each follow a different lead to the same story. The plot and the narrative device has so much scope to produce a hard-hitting rural drama. But Keni is nothing close to it. In fact, Keni is an example of well-meaning, good premises that don’t necessarily translate to good cinema. Continue reading “Keni movie review: A good plot let down by its execution”