“Vaashi (2022).” Directed by actor Vishnu Raghav and starring Keerthy Suresh and Tovino Thomas, Vaashi is packed with some beautiful performances.
Vaashi doesn’t drag, doesn’t dwell too much on side stories but gets straight to the point. The film, like the courtroom in which it is mostly set, has a lot to say in a short amount of time. Keerthy Suresh and Tovino Thomas, playing the defenders, make it an interesting affair. It’s not exactly a new topic – life partners have to face off in court. But the pace of the film and its handling by Vishnu Raghav, an actor directing his first feature film, must be appreciated.
The performances move quickly enough – Tovino as Ebin Mathew, a struggling lawyer without an office, Keerthy Suresh as Madhavi Mohan, a junior lawyer who is not taken seriously, and Baiju in a wonderful performance as the mentor to both. Except for a slight delay when the camera shows their faces, the main characters enter the story without fuss, letting their personalities shine through in reactions and short bursts. Now, know about the Vaashi movie.
Vaashi: Movie Synopsis
It starts with Madhu and Ebin as two lawyers who always seem to be at loggerheads. Coming from a well-connected political family, Ebin is trying to make something of himself independently. Madhu struggles to assert her own identity in a male-dominated law firm.
They have a mutual friend – a senior citizen named Satheesh Mulloor – and all three have a habit of having lunch together. Satheesh tells Ebin that it is possible to rent a certain office space if he is interested in it, but Ebin is not sure if he can dare and asks for some time. Meanwhile, Madhu quit her job after being unfairly blamed for misplacing documents by a clerk.
She now wants to litigate independently. Madhu asks Satheesh if she could rent the office space he was talking about, prompting Ebin to say he wants the space too. Satheesh tells them that there is enough space for both of them and they can share it. Ebin and Madhu reluctantly agree, but once they rent a space, their friendship grows stronger and they slowly fall in love.
One day Ebin decides to confess to her. But instead of being direct, he comes up with a story about how he needs to go on a date with an arranged partner his mother found for him. Madhu is nonchalant and tells him that she herself wants to go on a similar date. Later that evening, as they talk, Madhu playfully tells him that she has seen through his lies and that she also has strong feelings for him. This marks the beginning of their relationship.
A few days later, Ebin’s parents tell him that they want him to get married when he tells them about his relationship with Madhu. His parents say they expected it but hesitated because of their different religious backgrounds. However, they can get over it quite easily. Madhu, on the other hand, is hesitant because she is not settled in her career. Ebin started working as a prosecutor after his brother-in-law Jose pulled the strings and put him so far ahead of his peers. Madhu has yet to catch up and this plays on her fears. Ebin asks her to take time and think about it.
Meanwhile, she gets a case for a family friend. Gautham, the friend’s brother, was accused of sleeping with the girl under the false promise of marriage, which amounts to rape. Madhu has to prove that he is innocent. The same case comes to Ebin and he needs to prove Gautham guilty.
The husband and wife are on opposite ends of the case, and neither is happy about it. As the case progresses, there is an awkward silence between them about it, which they ignore because of their relationship. They shut down and settle into their new lives, still walking on the shells around them.
Everything comes to a boiling point when one day Jose asks Madhu to come and help him with a particular case at the police station. Madhu tells him that her coming to the police station would be of no use and that they can solve the matter only in court. Later that day, Ebin tells her that she should have just left because it would have reassured José about the situation. But Madhu is adamant and says that such unnecessary diplomacy is not her forte. This causes further tension between the couple and issues they have ignored so far come to the surface.
Satheesh advises Ebin to come to his house for dinner to bring reconciliation between them. However, things take a turn for the worse, and Ebin and Madhu end up challenging each other that if Ebin loses her case, he will quit his job as a public prosecutor and return to their previous position.
Vaashi Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
As the case progresses, the distance between the pair increases. They start going to the office separately and even sleep in different rooms. The case itself becomes more complicated when Gautham confesses to Madhu that he was aware of Anusha’s feelings for him. Anusha confesses to Ebin that she doesn’t want to put Gautham behind bars for so long.
At the penultimate court hearing, Gautham and Anush’s mutual friend Saira comes to testify. She says that even though she was aware of Anusha’s feelings, she didn’t know if Gautham knew about them too. This changes things for the prosecution as it takes away the proof of whether Gautham manipulated Anusha or not.
Ebin finds out that this happened because of Anusha and not because of Madhu. He asks her the reason and she tells him that she never spoke clearly about her feelings to Gautham. The day after they slept together, the two of them should have talked to each other at least once instead of coming to this. She regrets the consequences of their lack of communication.
Later that day, Satheesh advises Ebin not to let this conflict get the better of him and to reconcile with his wife. Ebin does so. Like in old times, he follows Madhu on a bike instead of taking a car. Once they arrive at their house, they embrace and shed tears that reveal the pain of the struggle they’ve been through.
In court the next day, the judge said that while the prosecution could not prove that Gautham had actually promised the victim marriage, he certainly had relations with her when she was drunk, and that made him guilty. For this reason, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Following this, we see Madhu and Ebin decide that since they will continue to act in these shades of grey, it’s best not to let it affect their relationship.
It is also revealed that Madhu plans to appeal the case to the Supreme Court. It’s a bittersweet ending that allows us to understand relationships without rose-colored glasses and what it means to make them work outside of our identities as individuals.
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