Uyare follows the story of an ambitious woman, whose wings were beneath her lover's shoes for far too long. We are shown too many red flags, which Pallavi couldn't. When we are too close to something or someone, we don't perceive them for what they are. So, Pallavi mistakes Govind's manipulation and obsession for love. He gets to have a say in every decision of her life. He being ridiculously in control of what she is supposed to wear, is him being a 'protective' boyfriend. Him slitting his wrist and then sending Pallavi a picture of the same, is supposed to be 'proof' of his broken heart, when clearly, it's emotional blackmail and manipulation.
When Pallavi decides to break free of him, he conveniently clips her wings. One day, he is a 'protective' boyfriend, and the next day, he is a man capable of throwing acid on his beloved. When she sues him at court, his defence is that his career is on the line. Sound familiar much?
Writers (Bobby -Sanjay) and director (Manu Ashokan) do a great job at telling a story for what it is. They don't make a Arjun Reddy out of Govind (both are the same kind of people, varying in their toxicity only in intensity) There's no machoness attached to his act. Films like Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh normalise unhealthy relationships and obsessions, whereas, Uyare challenges and denounces the same.
When in love, Pallavi couldn't sense the truth in her friend's mocking. She justifies the equations of their relationship, saying there's a joy in asking for permission. What joy, though? Whose permission do you need to have agency over your own body? Only your own.
We need more stories which do not normalise and romanticise the toxicity in personal relationships. Uyare, is the story of an aspiring pilot who rises from this toxicity like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Here's hoping we acknowledge them red flags for what they are as and when they pop up.
Uyare, Now on Netflix.
Directed by: @ashokanmanu
Starring: @parvathy .thiruvothu
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