Ranam is one such Malayalam movie, which has promised the audiences to be a film of International standards. The teaser and the trailer of the film had hinted the same, and Prithviraj along with director Nirmal Sahadev were all set to give a superior quality product. Has Ranam lived up to the hype that it created? Read Ranam review here to know more.
The story of Ranam is set against the backdrop of Detroit city. Aadhi is a youngster who is working with one of the gangs into drug peddling in the city. But once, he decides to opt out of these activities and what happens in the rest of the story has been narrated in Ranam.
Being a gangster movie, Ranam's story isn't anything unique or special, but the backdrop in which it has been set brings in that required freshness. First things first, Ranam is not an action-packed movie. The script of the film has followed a realistic format and is devoid of the over-the-top heroisms or mass commercial flare that we are used to in routine films. The script of the film travels deep into the emotions of the central characters and dialogues get prominence in the movie.
Nirmal Sahadev has done a good job with his making pattern and he takes his own time to set the things right. The slow-paced narration that he has opted for might not please everyone, but the film is more of a crime drama and such a treatment was required. The movie has its own moments of thrills, action sequences and mass elements, but the emotions of the characters get the dominant space with the first half of the film finely setting up all these elements. However, the film-maker and the writer in him could have dealt with some of the moments in the second half in a better manner but he pulls up the sock later on.
Prithviraj portrays the role of Aadhi and he comes up with an intense performance that does complete justice to the character. Rahman gets to play a meaty role, especially in the second half of the movie and he has done a fine job. Isha Talwar's performance in the film deserves praises and it is one of her career-best performances. Rest of the cast like Nandu, Ashwin Kumar, etc., have done a fine job.
The technical aspects of the film score big in Ranam. The cinematography by Jigme Temzing is top notch with some realistic and raw visuals, which are splendid. The work at the edit table deserves a big mention. Jakes Bejoy's BGM suits the mood as well as the pace of the film exceedingly well.
First thing to remember before watching Ranam is the fact that it is not a usual mass movie with loads of action elements. Ranam is a film in the lines of a crime drama that grows on you as the narrative progresses. Definitely, Ranam does stay loyal to its genre and has those much-required specialties to offer for the audiences, especially in terms of making and performances.