Thursday 28 September 2017
Dileep, Prayaga Martin, Radikaa, Shajon
Debutant director Arun Gopy’s Ramaleela is a suspense thriller that has contemporary politics as the backdrop.
The story begins when an MLA named Ramanunni (Dileep) resigns from the Left outfit CDP and joins the rival party, NSP. This creates tension not just in his former party, but also in the new one as well, with NSP leader Udayabhanu (Siddique) expressing displeasure at the party decision to accept him.
Also, among those who are so angry with Ramanunni’s action is his own mother, Comrade Ragini (Radikaa Sarathkumar), who believes that his son betrayed the ideologies that his dead father stood for.
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Ramanunni is chosen by his new party as the candidate for the by-election that is happening pretty soon. It’s a political mind game initially with Ramanunni coming up with smart moves one after the other, to have an edge over the rest. The youth leader Thomas Chacko (Kalabhavan Shajon) is his confidant, who has been sent by NSP leadership to teach his party’s political tricks.
More details could reveal some of the enjoyable twists and turns in the movie. With a smart script by Sachy, the director packages the story in an engaging way. The visuals by Shaji Kumar and music by Gopi Sundar blends perfectly with the mood.
Dileep sports a serious look and is superb in his role as a wily politician, with a personal mission. The actor is genuinely convincing as the story moves from petty politics to a revenge drama. Radikaa Sarathkumar is in brilliant form as a Leftist politician with firm belief in her party and more importantly, as a loving mother.
He is ably supported by a terrific supporting cast that includes Sidhique, Vijayaraghavan, Kalabhavan Shajon and Mukesh. Prayaga Martin and Renji Panicker have rather limited roles to play.
Ramaleela is a decent entertainer that keeps you glued on to the screens for its screen time of around 2 hours and 40 minutes. Go for it!
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