Ranam is by no means everyone’s cup of tea – however there are certain aspects of the movie that have to be appreciated. One can consider watching Prithviraj’s latest for the first-class acting by both him and Rahman, as well as the rest of the crew.
Ranam. Set in Detroit. Drugs, mafia and the underworld. If any of you have seen the trailer it is clear that this is the genre of the movie; one that is not always discussed freely in the Mollywood Industry – or even Indian society.
Although the movie begins with a strong first half, I should admit that the movie does drag a bit in the second half. Yet take a read for the reasons why I enjoyed the movie. (I’ll try not to give spoilers!)
The story begins abruptly with a high-speed car chase that causes you feeling a little lost so soon in the movie. However, it does get better. We’re soon introduced to Aadhi, (Prithviraj), who plays a drug transporter working under Detroit’s growing drug dealer Damodar (Rahman). Deciding that he’s done with this life, he decides to make a change. What is portrayed in the first half is his attempt at an escape from the underworld and how he finds that he’s not able to be freed from his past. With a touch of drama, a fair amount of violence, and some incredible acting,the intermission leaves you a little tense for what could happen next. However the second half is mildly disappointing with what unfolds as another Hollywood style mafia story. One could say that is how such movies have to end, however it was a little too loose for my taste.
I have to admit, I had heart eyes for Pritvhiraj throughout the movie. Yet, I was also impressed by his acting in Ranam. From being a down-to-earth individual in Koode to being a suave and no-feeling character in this movie, he does not fail to impress in his capabilities as an actor. Our villain, Rahman, does decently well as a role of a drug dealer, although I found his lines to be a little cliche – causing cringe. The heroine, Isha Talwar plays a mother of a 15-year old (played well by Celine Joseph), who has done justice to her role, although she was definitely depicted as a bit of a damsel in distress.
Can’t help but wonder when we will get females to be depicted as strong, independent women who can take care of themselves? However a movie does have their own characters for their own reasons and I must admit that Isha Talwar’s acting exceeded my expectations.
The supporting actors, Ashwin Kumar (Damodar’s right hand); Nandhu and Mathew Arun (Aadhi’s family of sorts), and newly introduced Giju John (Chief Detective of the Detroit police force), have similarly played their parts in a capable manner.
Background Score & Music: 3/5
Although perhaps such a movie does not require songs, one does not feel that they are too out of place in Ranam (although not entirely necessary either). There were sections of the movie I felt did not require the dramatic background sounds that were provided, however it was decent enough throughout the plot to get you into the movie.
From being shown the beauty of everyday America in other movies, it’s interesting to see another side of this place altogether. As the character played by struggling father and husband, Nandhu, says, “The Great American Dream, what crap. Everyone thinks that those in the Gulf only struggle” – showcasing the truth that many presume otherwise. Food for thought.
I felt that there was impressive enough cinematography to highlight the genre of Ranam, although the violence that was portrayed was unappealing. Then again, one can argue that such a movie would require the brutality that is real in the underworld. There was a particular scene just before the intermission that I quite enjoyed; wherein Aadhi is debating on a certain course of action and the way that that was shot was well accomplished.
Final Rating: 3.5/5
If you’re considering watching Ranam, take a look at the trailer and popular title track below. Prithviraj’s appreciable acting, an entirely different plot line altogether, and a dose of reality of the world we live in – these are the reasons why I enjoyed Ranam.
By no means hold my word as a proper judgement – everyone has different opinions at the end of the day. 🙂