It is always difficult to make a movie based on a serious issue
without taking a stand on the same. But director Santosh
Sivan is different as he has made a story without twisting the
facts in Inam. He narrates a sensitive story without
hurting any sentiment.
The story of Inam is set in the last weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war. Well, the director does not touch the war subject, but talks about people caught up in such a hazardous and hapless situation. The films stars Sugandha Ram, Karan, Karunas, Saritha and others in the cast.
The film kick-starts with a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee Rajini
played by Sugandha Ram being enquired by an Indian officer about
the the civil war. It leads us to a flashback to track tumultuous
journey of people, who are affected by political strife. We are
introduced to Tsunami akka (Saritha), who runs an orphanage,
teacher Stanley (Karunas) and his wife. The interrogation reveals
that Rajini was happily living at the orphanage with
A newboy Nandan aged 17 enters the orphanage with Down syndrome
but he soon becomes the darling of everyone's eyes. He starts
getting attracted towards Rajini, but she likes Ravi, who has
joined the rebel group. During the crucial stage of the war,
Tsunami akka is forced to divide the people in groups to save the
children lives. But unfortunately, she gets killed by the army.
What happens next is the important part of the story.
The civil war may have ended five years ago, but the memory is
still fresh in the minds of audience. Director Santosh Sivan has
thrown light towards the struggle that civilians faced during the
war period. It narrates the story without displaying horrifying
clippings, which has to be appreciated. Continue reading
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But the film has a documentary feel and there are some minor
errors, which Santosh Sivan could have been avoided. He gets full
marks in casting department. His choice of actors are simply
The story demanded Rajini's character to be very strong and
Sugandha Ram has done complete justice to her role. Karunas'
performance is neat.
Sarita and Karan are impressive in their respective roles. Rest
other supporting casts are good.
Vishal Chandrashekhar's background score is brilliant as it goes
well with the screenplay. Santosh Sivan's cinematography is
excellent as always. TS Suresh's editing gets thumbs up.
Inam is heart-wrenching story and the director makes us
see the film through his perspective.