The film, titled Women’s Day, is only about 15 minutes long, but writer-director Tom, who worked as assistant director on Udaharanam Sujatha, skillfully swings the power balance, so that the wife believably conveys that she is now on an equal standing with the husband by the end of the film. The story is based in the lockdown scenario, when the couple with a grown-up daughter, have to spend a few days apart. The wife has gone to the ancestral property to consider building a new house there and the husband is stuck at home having to fend for himself. He quickly learns that it is neither easy nor pleasant to have to do even the basic chores, such as making a cup of tea for himself.
The wife, meanwhile, has a chance meet up with an old friend who reminds her of her ambitions and dreams, and spends a happy few days of freedom away from the constraints of married life. Interestingly, the story suggests that a woman past her prime too, need not give up on her desires and even her looks.
The film, also featuring Lali PM, has touching moments of female friendship and humour, and also works as an eye-opener. Cinematography is by Roopesh Shaji, music is by Jerry Amaldev.
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