Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live through your old age with your soul mate in a faraway town without the disturbance of present day gadgets? Midhunam directed by Thanikella Bharani takes you through the beautiful journey of life shared by Buchi Lakshmi and Appadasu in their isolated house in a remote village.
Appadasu (SP Balasubramaniam) and Buchi Lakshmi (Lakshmi) is a retired couple connected to the rest of the world only through a letter box and a telephone. Appadasu receives letters regularly and the couple receives calls from their children from USA once in a while. Appadasu screams at his grandchildren over the phone for disturbing his sleep. He hates the routine calls made by his children and grandchildren. In contrast, Buchi longs to meet her children. Her face lights up every time the phone rings. She wishes to meet her grandchildren atleast once but Apadasu is least interested. The couple find solace in each other’s company through their laughter and quarrels.
Appadasu’s love for food and coffee is seen throughout the film. He is engrossed in gardening and loves the cows like his own children. Buchi on the other hand loves to cook and finds pleasure in annoying Appadasu by reminding him that she had an offer to marry a rich man before Appadasu came into her life. The couple often fights over petty issues and taunt each other. Beneath the surface they love each other deeply.
The film has only two characters, but one can’t discount the presence of the cows and greenery that play a major role in the life of Appadasu and Buchi. SP Balasubramaniam revels in his role as Appadasu. He induces a great deal of humor by making funny faces and passes witty comments. Lakshmi has given one of her finest performances as an old lady who longs for to see her children.
Thanikella Bharani has done a brilliant job in adapting a short story of the same name by Sri Ramana into a movie. He has built each scene with care such that the film strikes a chord with the audience. The conversations between Appadasu and Buchi are so well written by Thanikella that you expect them to continue talking for longer and longer. Accompanied by melodious music and songs rendered by renowned singers like Yesudas and SPB, Midhunam is one of the finest Telugu films ever made; definitely one of the best debut films by an Indian director.
Midhunam is a film you should watch with your parents. It is a simple film that celebrates life with all its imperfections.