Navarasa season 1, episode 1 review – Edhiri: Karuna

August 6, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
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3.5

Summary

Edhiri: Karuna is a well-made short film, and the cast put on a performance that would be worthy of a feature-length story.

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3.5

Summary

Edhiri: Karuna is a well-made short film, and the cast put on a performance that would be worthy of a feature-length story.

This review of Navarasa season 1, episode 1 for the short film Edhiri: Karuna contains spoilers. We discuss the ending.

The first short film of Navarasa season 1, Edhiri: Karuna, follows Dheena, who unleashes years of pent-up anger and resentment on a stranger who wronged his brother. The short film demonstrates how anger and resentment can be unhealthy and can turn a person into an undesirable form, encouraging them to play out unforgivable sins. At least, that’s what the film is angling at.

Throughout the short film, there’s a sense of dread that looms over it. Interestingly, the story opens up with the title screen “Compassion,” and viewers will have to scratch their heads and peel away at the dialogue and scenarios to understand the angle that has been sold. With gloom overhanging the story, viewers will be interested in seeing how Dheena deals with the aftermath of his actions as we wait for an unlikely confrontation with bated breath.

Edhiri: Karuna is a well-made short film, and the cast put on a performance that would be worthy of a feature-length story. There’s a real attempt to convey emotions, especially in distressing times, and the director can be applauded for the up close and personal shots when the emotions are at their highest. As the opener for Navarasa, this short film will surely reel audiences in.

Navarasa season 1, episode 1 – Edhiri: Karuna short film ending

In a small summary, Dheena kills a stranger because they wrong his brother; it’s all over a government loan, leading to Dheena’s brother committing suicide. It’s clear that Dheena blames this stranger for his brother’s downfall, and rather than dealing with his feelings, he has mustered up the anger over many years to reach this moment.

Interestingly, when he kills the stranger, the man’s wife stands idly by and does nothing. As the film wears on, Dheena battles with his conscience, which is in the form of the stranger he has just killed. His conscience tells Dheena that many people have wronged him, and it was clear that the man he had just killed was a manifestation of all the pent-up anger and resentment. He needed someone to blame for every single person he had wronged.

Dheena decides to talk to the wife of the stranger he had just killed at the temple. He asks for “pardon or forgiveness” and insists he is fully prepared for Hell. But in a shocking twist, the wife shows some compassion; she explains how she had been silent with her husband for 10 years, and even though Dheena and her husband could have approached the situation differently, her silence also killed him. If she wasn’t silent, she could have entered the office and stopped the aggressive altercation between Dheena and her husband.

The short film sells the scenario as compassion, but it’s a small reach. The wife clearly had her own demons; like Dheena, she had her own resentment that had undesirable outcomes.

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