Walking out of Aruvi, one experiences a confusing mix of emotions – sadness at the tragic end to the movie, yet hope that even the worst of endings have a silver lining, anger at all the social evils that Aruvi was subjected to and yet closure that she made her peace with those who wronged her. Much like its name, Aruvi is one of those movies that takes you on a wild cascade of emotions from start to finish and leaves you with a feeling of complete wonder at the end.
Without giving away any spoilers, the plot of Aruvi focuses on the social injustices that befall a 24-year-old woman named Aruvi and how she chooses to deal with the repercussions. The film begins on a very serious note with several split shots showing convicts being interrogated and Aruvi herself under questioning by the Police for her involvement in a hostage crisis. But before viewers can discern the meaning of this crisis, we are shown a beautiful montage of a baby Aruvi growing up in the beautiful countryside with a doting family to the tunes of the hauntingly beautiful Kukkotti Kunaati. The jump between timelines and scenes works impeccably and leaves viewers on their toes, forcing them to make all the connections themselves rather than laying it all out. Predictability is often my biggest complaint with Tamil Cinema, but debutante director Arun Prabhu has woven a simple story into a completely unpredictable web of events that unravels throughout a brilliantly narrated movie.