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Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam (Malayalam)

Su.. Su... Sudhi Vathmeekam, is a simple movie about the life of a stammerer Sudhi (Jayasurya).  The movie deals with struggles Sudhi faces in his daily life. The movie is well made and Jayasurya has acted well.  This is noteworthy, as it is so easy to overdo the stammering.

It is clear from the movie that Sudhi is a very smart individual with many skills, but years of mockery and ridicule killed his confidence.  Thus, he is forced to work like a slave for Kurup Sir.  Society's attitude towards an individual has deep impact in his ability to reach his potential.  This, I feel, is the reason why we need affirmative action.

Sudhi is however blessed with some close friends and a very supportive family.  The dynamics of these relationships has a big role in making this film so enjoyable.  Greagon, Sudhi's friend played by Aju Vargese, is an exceptionally good character.  He is the antithesis of Sudhi, the ever confident individual always chasing his dreams.

The movie also puts forth a very strong message: to overcome a disability we have to first accept it.  The thought "I have a disability, but it is okay" is the key.  Initially, Sudhi finds it very difficult to accept that stammering has no cure and he gets cheated by a quack doctor, but he evolves.  However,  there are few scenes which might send a contrary message and I was slightly unhappy with it.  Firstly, the principal of Sudhi's school is opposed to the idea of sending her daughter, who is deaf and dumb, to a school for deaf and dumb kids.  She leaves her job in St.Stephens and joins Sudhi's school only to ensure that her daughter can study in a "normal" school.  Towards the climax this girl tops her class and this is one of the highlighted scenes in the film.  I feel this goes against the message the film is trying to convey.  There is another scene, within a song, where the same person who teaches Sudhi to say "I have a disability, but it is okay", makes him say the contradictory sentence "I am a warrior.  The warrior says I am brilliant.  The warrior says I am perfect".  The whole point was that, it is okay to be imperfect.  These scenes show an urge for us to self-deceive ourselves into believing that we are perfect and promotes that self-deception.

Another scene that left a bad impression in my mind is towards the climax.  When Mukesh (As himself.  Sudhi is narrating his story to Mukesh in the film.) is finally leaving, he stammers.  Seeing this, his secretary remarks "So, you got stammering from Sudhi".  This perpetuates the myth that stammering is contagious.  Earlier in the movie, through a character named Basheer, it is shown that often stammerers face bad treatment due to this fear.        

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