Raman is yet another anti-war film that underlines the agony, horror, and human costs of armed conflict. Its predominant focus is on the American invasion of Iraq that it vehemently sees as one of the most ghastly acts of terror in the history of mankind.
About the film
Raman is the central character of the film, who is a dumb person by that name, lives in a small village and wanders about with children and playing with them. Besides the activities related to Raman’s innocence we can see that many other problems coming in to the picture, such as terrorism and the insecurity arising out of it; dead fish floating on the waters of the little village as a result of pollution; water scarcity; farmers committing suicide owing to financial problems etc.
The film portraits how Raman reacts to these issues. There is plenty of video footage through which it tries to get its message across. And there’s Diya (Avantika Agarker) who is a journo documenting the atrocities of the aftermath. She seems a woman who has been torn apart emotionally, and who has emerged out of a messy marriage, desperately trying to string together the rest of the beads of her life. All this is weaved together in a rather sensitive manner and moves on to a very symbolic climax.
About the performance
Anoop Chandran, who has mostly been seen in comic roles, gives an excellent performance as Raman. There’s nothing much to be said about the others in the cast. The film belongs to Anoop Chandran.
About the direction
Raman, directed by Dr. Biju, who earlier had directed Saira, is a film that deserves to be seen and appreciated, in spite of the few flaws that it has. Raman is a film that attempts to do too many things at once without ever focusing on any one specific point.
The film is quite ambitious and neatly photographed though it does not match up to its aspirations. There’s a striving for gutsy realism as well, that works intermittently. But sadly the woe and horror of it all never really gets across the screen.
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