Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum
Political Satires are a rarity in cinema particularly in India. This is owing to many factors one of them being the writing. The writing needs to be really effective so much so that there is humour in it while trying to put across a point. It is mainly in this department that some of the films fall short of expectations. One of the films tjat did stand out this year was the Tamil film Mandela that was rather effective in extracting humour and conveying its message. If I have to look back there was another film which was pretty effective in the genre called Peepli Live. Aamir Khan is known to take risks and back projects that are against the tide, and he had produced that as well, a film that turned out to be a sleeper hit that year. This Friday, a new Tamil Film was out named Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum on Amazon Prime and I finished watching it last night. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum(RARA) follows the story of a man who has lost his bulls whom he fondly refers to as his own kids. After much struggle, this story catches the eye of the media. Is he able to find his ‘kids’? The story here is well intentioned and heartwarming although it does give you a ‘Peepli Live’ feel. A side plot featuring an old man is the same as the one in Peepli Live and it does follow a similar template as well with the main plot. The screenplay is decently well penned. Although it is able to extract humour and the right amount of emotions in certain parts but the lack of depth particularly in the second hour is what doesn’t allow the film to shine completely. The opening sequence is able to show the demarcation between the influencial people and the common man. The backstory is also pretty interesting and it definitely makes you invest in the drama. The situations that are created are quite heartwarming as you feel the bond that the protagonist and his wife share with the animals. And so it does make you curious as to what happened to them. It is this sole thread that the writers needed to latch onto as opposed to so many issues that were touched upon in the second hour. The second hour is not boring or drab but the word I would use is scattered. Somewhere the essence of the film was lost in the second hour by touching upon an issue too many. This culminates into a feel good yet simplified and convenient climax that leaves you with a mixed feeling. Overall, an average screenplay but definitely watchable.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are quite well penned and they leave a lasting impact particularly the ones featuring the protagonist and the animals. The music is decent, the BGM is good. The camerawork is good too but I had some issues with the editing. There are many scenes where the scenes abruptly end in a black scene which just takes the essence out of the scene as opposed to a proper continuation. In other words, the editing is not sharp and could have been better. Director Arisil Moorthy does a good job in his debut outing. He handles some of the sequences pretty well. While the inexoerience did show in the second half, this could very well be a good learning to stick to the original premise, something that directors from Malayalam films do very well.
The performances are pretty good. Vani Bhojan as Divya the reporter is first rate and does a great job. Ramya Pandian as Veerayi is sincere and really does well in some emotional scenes. Vadivel Muruga is pretty good as the protagonist’s friend. Mithun Manickam as The main protagonist is excellent in his debut outing. The amount of emotions he brings to the table is really heartening. Overall, a job well done.
Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum is well intentioned but the muddling writing takes a bit of shine from the satire. Yet, it can be watched once. Available on Amazon Prime.
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