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 others.
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 the Inam review on the slideshow...
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 perfect.
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.