Cast: Jayaram, Gopika, Innocent, Suraj Venjaramude
Director: Akku Akbar
Veruthe Oru Bharya is a family story that's different in both its story and treatment.
Sugunal (Jayaram) Bindu (Gopika) is husband and wife. Their daughter Anju (Nivedita) is a teenage school going girl.
Story revolves around this household where they lead their ordinary lives. Bindu is shown rising early to tend to a lot of household chores that ties her up for the whole day. She is often shown going to bed late in the night tired. However, that's the only time when her husband begins to treat her with some love though that’s attached to the objective of attaining carnal pleasures.
Devoid of appreciation, care, and compassion, she grows quiet frustrated with the the way things are unfolding in her family life. She keeps murmuring her complaints throughout the day. Every time her husband calls her, it will be either to ask her progress of some work, assign her some new chores, to blame her for some past chores or to highlight her inabilities.
Pace at which things progress in the movie is quite remarkable. First we see a hard working house wife always burdened with a heavy backlog of household chores. Then we are introduced to a husband who is insensitive to the pains of his wife. He things it is her duty and he let her enjoy neither freedom nor appreciation for her work. She is denied of any leisure and visit to her own home is a rare event.
Then we see places such as Suugunans place of work. He also goes for some parties and leisure but all alone leaving the overburdened wife back home. Anju, their daughter is busy with her studies and she shows no inclination to help her mother even at her request.
Suraj Venjaramood As Jayaram's colleague shines in his role.
For Bindu, the way her husband handles the matter of her mother’s death bring matters to the boiling point and she takes some hard decision at that point.
Story takes a turn once Bindu starts a no-cooperation movement. Sugunan is left alone with their daughter at their home. What happens after that forms the heart of the story.
Undoubtedly, this is one of the best movies to come out in recent times. It has been narrated with utmost precision and in a compelling style. Movie is a reflection of common characters in life. Many a husband and wife behave the same way as Sugunan and Bindu.
It is nice when a movie has a message for the society. This one definitely has an excellent message and for that message the effort deserves to be applauded.
Director Akku Akbar deserves commendation for the brilliant direction of the movie. Both Jayaram and Gopika has put in remarkable performance and the child artist matched their effort. It is a serious movie in synchronisation with many a real life family story.
No work is too trivial and no role is too small in a family. Equally important is a husband and wife's role. Only when both recognise this, family life becomes cool and easy. They have to love and respect each others role.
Veruthe Oru Bharya is a move that makes every husband introspect and many wives feel vindicated. Film reinforces the importance of love, affection, and respect within the family.
6 marks out of 10.