Kaadu Pookkunna Neram; a Subject of Contemporary Relevance
In the modern day political scenario we are in, the movie Kaadu Pookkunna Neram getting a release due to the ongoing strike of commercial cinema is a blessing in disguise. The Maoist movement and the actions taken against them have been in the news for some time. There is a general assumption of the public about the Maoists and the film Kaadu Pookkunna Neram actually takes you closer to the whys and hows of their ideology.
A Maoist activity happens in a rural forest area and the task force of the police decides to come there and camp in a school. The officers in the camp got attacked by the activists and the pursuit to catch those ends up in a scenario where one of the police officers manages to catch a member of the Maoists, but gets lost inside the deep forest. His journey to get out of there along with the Maoist and what all he learns from that experience is what the film narrating to us.
As the intention is to make the common people aware about the causes behind these movements, Dr. Biju tactically creates the police officer character that is a mix of the unaffected common man and the arrogant authorities. The apolitical nature of the public and the supremacy shown by the people in power gets visualized in the film. Kaadu Pookkunna Neram in a way depicts almost all the discrimination faced by the Daliths.
There is a discrete lack of engagement in the narrative due to the typical off beat treatment. It does help the movie at some places to intensify the scary loneliness faced by the policeman. Like I said before, the writing has covered most of the issues that needed attention. A major discomfort was in the dialogues written and presented for the film. The physical tussle between the main protagonists was captured very realistically, but the verbal argument lacked that much needed fire. M J Radhakrishnan captures the wild effectively. The edits could have been more compact. The sound design of the entire film was of great quality.
The policeman character is this soft spoken guy who is ignorant about the base of his mission. Indrajith portrays it effectively. Rima Kallingal has transformed herself in to the character in terms of body language. What both these actors lacked in their performance was graceful dialogue delivery. There is a scene where Rima's Maoist character talks about the lack of freedom of expression in the modern day. Those dialogues weren’t getting delivered with the right feel. Indrans, Prakash Bare, Krishnan Balakrishnan and Irshad are there in the cast.
The current political scenario adds a contemporary relevance to Kaadu Pookkunna Neram. Even though it isn’t a perfect cinematic experience the statement it puts forward deserves to be appreciated.
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