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Left Right Left (LRL) – Movie Review: A hard-hitting tale


Arun Kumar Aravind's latest directorial venture Left Right Left (LRL) is one of the most-talked about Malayalam movies of 2013. The promos of the movie have created a big debate in the political arena. Fitting to its pre-release hype, the movie has a hard-hitting tale, which is thought provoking and sure to start serious debate on the topic that it deals with.

Left Right Left is a social drama, which deals with radical subject and is also high on entertainment quotient. The relatable story and lead actors' performance are the two biggest strengths of the movie. Gopi Sunder's music and background score and Shehnad Jalaal's cinematography are its other highlights. The biggest drawback of the film is dragging narration.

The movie picks few characters who represent our society and chronicles their troubled lives emotional evolution as individuals. They pass through a spate of traumatic events in childhood and adolescence, that ultimately shape their personalities and outlooks. While focusing on these character, the film also throws light on a few recent political developments in the state.

Set in three different periods like 70s, 80s and 90s, the story revolves around three persons. Any person can relate the story with his or her own life. The Sub Inspector of Police, KP Jayachandran (Indrajith), Roy Joseph (Murali Gopi), who is an ordinary man brought up in an orphanage and his wife Anita (Lena), Jennifer (Remya Nambeesan), who is a nurse are some of these characters selected randomly from our society.


Like Ee Adutha Kalathu, Left Right Left is also not a hero-oriented film and Murali Gopi's story is the main hero in it. But all the actors surrender to the screenplay unconditionally. Arun Kumar Aravind has a perfect theme in his mind and he has tapped out a right kind of performance from each actors.


Left Right Left looks interesting and beautiful because of its realistic story, wonderful characterisation, best performances and superb production elements. It's about the way the ideals or the lack of ideals define a man. Kaitheri Sahadevan (Hareesh Peradi) represent Marxism ideology, while a truthful sense of humanity is depicted through Roy Joseph (Murali Gopy) and Vattu Jayan (Indrajith).

Male Leads Performances

The male lead actors - Hareesh Peradi, Murali Gopy and Indrajith have given wonderful performances. Besides having an arresting plot, Left Right Left runs on their acting.

Female Leads

As Anitha, Lena has given a blasting performance, while Remya Nambeesan affirms once again that she has an immense potential to deliver the goods. Sethulakshmi is one, who has given top performance among the female leads. Others have also done justice to their respective roles.

LRL Music And Cinematographer

Gopi Sunder's music and background score are enchanting skillfully add to the narration of the movie. It is one of the main attractions in the film. Shehnad Jalal's camera work is also a big strength of Left Right Left.

Production Elements

Ajayan Chalissery's art director, Rafeeq Ahmed's lyrics, Thyagarajan's action, SB Satheesh's costumes and Rahim Kodungallur's make-up are also commendable and surely add to the beauty of the film Left Right Left.


Overall, Left Right Left is hard-hitting realistic picture of current political developments and it definitely provokes and make you think.

LRL - Cast & Crew

Producer: Ranjith
Director: Arun Kumar Aravind
Cast: Indrajith, Ramya Nabeesan, Lena Abhilash, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Murali Gopy, Baiju, Sree Dhanya, Jagadish, Saiju Kurup, Sudheer Karamana, Harish, Sruthi Menon
Music: Gopi Sunder
Cinematography: Shehnad Jalal
Release Date: June 14, 2013

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