Cinematographer Santhosh Sivan always has a close connection with ‘Eelam’ issues and he already proved it with ‘Terrorist’. Now he comes up with this flick that keeps us so much engrossed with his narrative skills and technical proficiency. Unlike many other filmmakers, who purely want to promote their individuality by simply adding some dialogues pertaining to the Eelam people and their leader, but Santhosh sticks close to reality as he makes this film based on some real shocking facts that were recorded by some of the world’s leading satellite networks…
Set in backdrops of 2009, the film traverses through the final phase of culmination war that broke out between Eelam and Srilankan army. The story centers on a courageous girl Rajini (Sugandha Ram), who comes across the sea seeking refuge. As the story proceeds into few minutes away from the beginning, Rajini narrates her story to a policemen about how was her life with her desolated orphan friends in a home looked after by Tsunami Akka (Saritha). Their lives become more enlivened with the entry of an unconventional boy with ‘Down Syndrome’.
First and foremost, it’s a clean narration by Santhosh Sivan that creates a deep impact among the audiences. There is no dearth of engaging elements and we remain completely stuck to the screens from beginning till the end. The spotlighting feature in the film is the will power of these teenagers to survive across the conflict of perplexities and upheavals. It is really a rarity to find a film of this sort as many would incisively hide some realities to keep away from the hurdles that will occur among the crowds.
Karan, a cute with ‘Down Syndrome’ real life makes a perfect show and his presence makes it all happen for the film that the script deserved. His performance keeps us in laughter and in few places with tears. Sugandha who plays the role of Rajini carries the film on her shoulders.
The cinematography of Santhosh Sivan needs no analysis. He takes you straight to the land that has a buried past, where you can still hear the cries of dead souls. The crisp editing by TS Suresh keeps the narrative signature in style.
Docu-drama movies aren’t something that usually keep visiting the silver screens. Thanks to Santhosh Sivan for nurturing this genre with a beautiful script that has a lot of poignant moments and gripping elements. No doubt! The film has more probabilities of getting nominated across many leading film festivals and stand out as a winner at Academy awards, BAFTA, Golden Globe and many more indeed.
Verdict: A tribute to the human spirit.