Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
This is vintage Balachander. Contrived and manipulating, yet tugging at your heart. All performances are top-notch, as is usual in his movies. This is actually two movies put together. Their connection is contrived and hence the climax is a let-down. But individually, they are wonderful pieces. Violin virtuoso-brothers Ganesh and Kumaresh have been used brilliantly and have delivered excellent performances for their debut. Be forewarned! You'll feel depressed after watching the movie. But it is worth it!
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