A look at the Sri Lankan conflict through the experiences of a group of teenagers.
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Ace cinematographer Padma Shri Santosh Sivan has come up with Inam, a movie that has been titled Ceylon in English. Touching on the not-much-talked about Sri Lankan civil war, and how life changes for the people caught up in it's midst, this movie stars Sugandha Ram, Karan, Karunas, Saritha and a host of other actors.
The movie opens to Rajini (Sugandha) being questioned by an Indian official, at a refugee camp. The whole story is told as a flashback from Rajini's narrative. She tells of how Tsunami Akka (Saritha) used to run a sort of home for kids orphaned by the clashes in the Sri Lankan civil war. While telling of the life with Tsunami Akka, and how she taught them the basic skills needed to survive in this world and how their teacher Stanley Sir (Karunas) taught them languages and science, she tells of the arrival of Nandhan (Karan). Nandhan is a special child who quickly becomes the darling of everybody's eyes at Tsunami Akka's place. There are a score of young kids and teenagers who are taken care of by Tsunami Akka. Nandhan starts developing a special liking towards Rajini, but unfortunately she has eyes only for Ravi.
One day, while in school, a group of rebels arrive there and show the class a few videos. This leaves a deep impression in the minds of a few of the children. This group, headed by Ravi, leave the safety of Tsunami Akka's house and head off with the rebels, in the dead of the night. Tsunami Akka and the rest of the children are devastated when they learn of this. To shake of this sorrow, the whole group cheer up by singing and dancing ('Londoniley..')! However, true tragedy comes in the form of air strikes over their house. Tsunami akka splits the children into various groups and sends them to safety, meanwhile losing her life to a bullet... A group of these children including Rajini and Nandhan are spotted by the Sri Lankan army, who capture them... What happens next, forms the rest of the story... What do Ravi and the rest of the children who join the rebels do? What becomes of Nandhan? How does Rajini arrive in India? Watch Inam on the big screens to know...
The civil strife in Sri Lanka ended over five years ago, but the scars remaining in the memory of many thousands of Sri Lankans will be taken to their grave by them. Ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan, who has earlier directed a couple of movies touching some unique aspects has taken a very less talked-about subject and made it into a heart-touching story on celluloid. After letting the seed of this story germinate within him for over 5 years, Santosh Sivan has ensured that it takes root and blossoms into a full-fledged movie. Not any movie that can be written about very easily, but one that leaves a lasting impression and some indelible marks on the minds of the viewers. Santosh Sivan is known for his cinematography and the way he delivers each scene just leaves the viewers watch open-mouthed in awe. The play of colours and nature are just stunning.
The lead characters have given life to the movie. Sugandha is just awesome as Rajini. With the whole story being from her point of view and narration, it required Rajini's character to be very strong and Sugandha has done just that. Karunas is natural and has essayed his role brilliantly, as has Ravi and all the other stars. This is a perfect comeback for Saritha, as the affectionate and highly emotional Tsunami Akka. However, the person who takes the cake is Karan. This special boy, as Nandhan, steals everybody's hearts. The highlight is that, he has dubbed for himself in the movie, making it all the more special. Vishal's music in the songs is good, but he just tugs at the heartstrings with the backgrounds score. The dialogues need a special mention. Some dialogues will just remain etched into our memories for ever... The reply to Nandhan's question of whether America makes bombs - "Ella naadum thaan gundu thayaarikkudhu..." and a few others are absolutely powerful.
Inam is a movie that will forever change the perception of the viewer towards war, human life, and the way war changes every aspect of life. Go, watch this Thirrupathi Brothers' release, at the theatres.