It is a long endless wait before a wife arrives in the life of Suman. But when
she finally arrives, it is not the girl he is in love with, but a girl on the
run. And they are forced to become husband and wife. The hero tries to wriggle
out of this uncomfortable situation, only to be pulled deeper and deeper into
Suman lives in the house of Ramaprabha, pretending to be a married man. He is
chased by Shraddha, who is madly in love with him. She derides him, and uses
all the tricks in her repertoire to prove that he is a bachelor, and that his
wife would never come. Her motive is simple. Once the truth is out, she can
marry him. But our hero, though not married, is in love with Radhika. And they
can't marry owing to financial problems.
When everything is going smooth and they want to get married, he encounters
a typical problem. A girl on the run, Manichandana, seeks shelter in his house
because the police are after the goon who has bought her from her in-laws. Taking
her to be Suman's wife, Ramaprabha arranges for a traditional marriage, and
the nuptials are tied. Does he get rid of Manichandana and marry his ladylove?
Or does he marry Shraddha, who almost stalks him?
Pellam Vachchindi is a two-hanky affair, which brings to fore the trauma
of a girl who is left at her in-laws place by her husband who goes to participate
in the Kargil war. They use all methods to ruin her happiness, including making
her do semi-nude dance numbers at the seedy open-air clubs. Finally, with the
desire of raking in more moolah, they get rid of her by selling her to a pimp.
The film is a stark reminder of the harassment meted out to brides by in-laws
when their husbands are employed elsewhere. If that is the objective of the
filmmakers - and it seems from the promos that it is -, they have succeeded
in their attempt, as we are bound to be moved by the inhuman treatment meted
out to Manichandana.
But the film is not all about bride beating. It also has loads of comedy. The
scenes in which Sharaddha chases Suman provide some laughs, though most of them
are not worthwhile. A movie you can go to if you are an ardent fan of the meloncholic.