Friday, September 9, 2011

Arjunan Sakshi

Director: Ranjith Sankar
Cast: Prithviraj, Ann Augustine, Mukesh, Nedumudi Venu
Year: 2011
Language: Malayalam

Like his first movie, Passenger, Ranjith Sankar's Arjunan Sakshi is a thriller with a social message: ordinary people who stand up to threats from corrupt elements have the power to change society. 

Prithviraj plays Roy Mathew, a young man who inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a murder mystery. When his life is threatened, he chooses to stand up to his harassers and fight instead of running away.

If you've read my previous posts, you know that I don't like "message" movies. This one is definitely preachy. I personally find it insulting to my intelligence to be preached to. I don't watch movies to be enlightened on political issues. That's what you read or watch the news for. Movies are meant to entertain. I don't find someone shoving their personal political views down my throat entertaining.

Sankar is a skilled director. His storytelling has improved since PassengerArjunan Sakshi was obviously shot on a bigger budget, because it has some of the requisite commercial elements -- song & dance (with white girls), flashy cars, a long car chase scene, etc. But I would say that the extra money was not wasted here. There is only one song, and it fits in pretty well with the story and is not meant as a bathroom break. The flashy cars (very luxurious looking limousines and one of the best RVs I've seen in movies) gel well with the slick urban look and feel of the movie.

If someone asked for a recommendation I'd say that it's "NOT BAD". It's pretty entertaining. The story moves at a good pace, and it holds your interest till the end. My only gripe was with the political message, which I felt was unnecessary. If you're the type who likes movies with a message you'll probably love this one. 

(Click the link to watch a nice, well-edited YouTube video of clips from the movie set to the theme song).

1 comment:

  1. Ranjit Sankar is not a skilled director and you are certainly not skilled if you think this damp squib is 'not bad'.