'Kinar,' which translates to 'well,' is a story which wells up with the pangs of water politics. Crafted on a brilliant concept and initiating conversations on dehumanizing water scarcity, the movie has some real frames of life.
Set in a village along the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu the real thread in the movie starts rolling when the protagonist, Jaya Prada, moves to her husband's ancestral house.
Indira, the character played by Jaya Prada, essays a resilient no-nonsense woman who takes up a larger fight for a host of women around her, struggling and squabbling for water.
With no hero-punches, Indira journeys through an apathetic official system that offers no reprieve from a state border dividing her home and a well on the premises - the water source for an entire village.
Kinar essays the story of women, some in power and many more in distress, and their stories of deep empathy.
It is also the story of a woman who disrobed herself to soak up some water from a puddle with her saree to save her little son from dying.
She holds the key to the narrative, living the tormenting tale of a woman and her special relationship with water.
Weaving in human distress from the scarcity of the most vital life resource, the movie also travels through picturesque locations, some beautiful melodies and macabre political designs.
The sheer brilliance and plain reality of the narrative are impressive though open-ended threads in some parts may act a dampener. Revathi, Pasupathy, and Renji Panicker have exemplary screen presence as supporting characters.
The movie also boasts of a rare coming together - Yesudas and SP Balasubrahmanyam united in the rendition of the title song 'Ayya Saami' after their iconic 1991 'Kaattu Kuyile.'
Kinar is a movie of fight for life and livelihood and more importantly of a resource we take too easy - water. Definitely worth a watch.
Rating: 2.5 / 5