Review of the film “Randu”: a striking story of our time | Film critic
The film is about twin conflicts. Between love and hate, between those who love and help each other, and those who spread hatred and engage in conflict. It is also a battle between power and ugly fights and those who try to master it with kindness. It’s about watching helplessly as religions create barriers and the agony of transforming into someone else without realizing it.
Produced by Prajeev Satyavratan under the Heavenly Movies banner and directed by newcomer Sujit Lal, âRandâ seeks to portray and discuss contemporary social contexts. The film can be described as an excellent attempt to present the various events that can be linked to anyone living in our society without losing their intensity.
The film revolves around Vava aka Shailendra Kumar (Vishnu Unnikrishnan) who is a rickshaw driver. He is the sole breadwinner of a family made up of a father, a mother and a sister. He’s struggling to make ends meet. At Chemirika, he is everyone’s friend and is active in cultural events. Religion or politics is no obstacle for him to love or help other human beings.
But the hostility that spreads across the country in the name of religion is also reflected in Chemirika. He realizes that his people are also caught in a web of hate, doubt and fear and have not even speared his family and friends. When those who are able to circulate peace incite fear, Vava and her friend Shah Jahan try to resist and overcome it. Things get murkier as Vava finds herself unleashing a community disharmony. Some try to celebrate him as Vavaji and try to use him for political ends.
“The State must not discriminate against any citizen solely on the basis of their religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them” – Article 15 ….
The film begins with these lines from the Constitution. The film manages to remind us that everyone is equal and that this country belongs to everyone. The director and screenwriter managed to present it in a different and simpler way, although it is a subject that is often brought up. The script is from Binulal Unni. Vishnu Unnikrishnan was adequate as Vava.
Tini Tom for Nalin, Mujibai Irshad, Sudhi Koppa for Shah Jahan and Anna Reshma Rajan for Mercy did well. Maala Parvathi, Mamita Baiju, Marina Michael, Mustafa, Kalabhavan Rahman and Gokulan are some of the big names in the film industry. ‘Randu’ is an unmissable experience as a socio-political film that offers many perspectives. I’m sure we’ll be part of the movie as well.