Vasantham's Valentine's Day Telemovie: A Bold Attempt That Could Have Been More

It has become a habit of late to stay in during festive days just to catch the wonders of Yahssir and his team. From Mother's Day to Father's Day to National Day and much more recently, on St Valentine's Day, it always baffles me how he manages to wow me with moments of magic amidst predictable plot lines that are present to commemorate the reason behind the special days of occasion.

Similarly, with Muthar Kanave, the trailers would have easily identified that the movie was going to be about an inter-racial relationship between an Indian man and a Chinese woman. It did not come as a surprise with the casting of Tanglin fame Jae Liew as the female lead, considering the awesome job she is doing in the Channel 5 drama. Yahssir's collaboration with Music Director Siva Saravanan was  sorely missed as Muthar Kanave was lacking the familiar musical brilliance as was present in last few telemovies.

Having revealed the general plot line, I am sure everyone of us would have guessed that this would be about the parents' disapproval of an inter-racial union, which is apparently still pretty common in the 21st century Singaporean Indian Community. With regards to the nature of the relationship, I just felt that more could be discussed upon empirical research among real life couples in such a union ie on the merging of cultures, the dilution of individual cultures if any, the impact of the union on the children, the confusion of a fused identity etc.

I guess only so much could be discussed in the time they had, since this was not a full length feature film. However, the slant Yahssir took to the plot was impressive. It questions the younger generation not affording the older generation enough time to accept modernisation. As Soundarajan (playing the role of the Indian father) aptly puts, " just because we use an Iphone or an Ipad does not mean that we can accept everything".

Many a time,  we assume that just because both us and our parents live in the same world, they are able to adapt just as easily. We accuse them of being unreasonable just because they remain traditional or dated as we see it. We fail to realise that our life experiences are completely different. We fail to consider the live experiences or lack thereof  of a typical housewife in our parent's generation would have.

Some of us even fail to realise that matriarch of the house bears multiple roles in her existence. To us, she is but a mother. She is also a wife and a daughter to say the least. Our generation ( I speak for the millennials ) often accuse our parents for giving too much thought to what others might speak or say. Are we not but the same? I know so many graduates in the corporate race who lie or hide the truth so as to create a formidable impression or reputation in the eyes of others. How many youngsters are neck deep in credit card debt just because they conform to a lifestyle that is beyond the means?

On the flipside, we also completely forget that our father is also a husband to his wife. It is about time that we as children to our parents do not give undue pressure to their relationship as husband and wife. I loved the part when the father character (Soundarajan) tells  his Son (Shabir), "Your mother's happiness is as important as my wife's happiness".

Once again,  Yahssir impresses with subtle nuances about this inter-racial union that most people in my generation would probably overlook.  Perhaps the only grouse I have is the predictability in the cast utilised in his productions. Perhaps, Yahssir and his team can challenge themselves in their next project to go with fresh faces.

For those who may missed the movie, you can watch it on Toggle at the following link.

http://video.toggle.sg/en/video/series/muthar-kanave/ep1/371803

Thinesh Kurunathan
The Guru Project

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