Visaranai (Review)

Vetrimaaran’s “Visaranai” tells the story of four friends who get caught by the police for no reason. It is based on the real-life story of M Chandra Kumar, written as a book titled ‘Lock Up’. To say more would possibly lessen the experience, so let me just say this: “If you run, it will get you. If you stay, it will eat you.” This was the tagline of the Brazilian classic ‘City of God’. It suits “Visaranai” too. Watching “Visaranai” forces you to confront the grim reality of ‘the system’ in a way that no one has done before in India. This film beautifully crafts a harrowing, gut-wrenching, poignant narrative that deserves a National Award.

A Movie That Leaves Viewers Breathless

Oh dear Vetrimaran, it’s time to pick up your awards. “Visaranai” is like Shaji N. Karun’s “Piravi”, in terms of quality and the emotion it brings. The story is nothing short of incredible, a pure shock-value social commentary on the system. The maker is forward and direct in his depiction of life, people, and the system they are in – he’s bold and makes no apology to the faint-hearted. This movie touches on and, in some ways, dives into the many different themes associated with the system. “Visaranai” is a web where everybody could get involved.

Visaranai Review

Dark and disturbing

I cannot recall the last time I couldn’t stand up after a movie. I felt as if I were being weighed down by something heavier than myself. Virtually everything about this movie took me by surprise. “Visaranai” is dark and disturbing. The movie delivers on its promises. It’s nearly impossible to watch this without a hint of emotion. The film certainly doesn’t shy away from the raw suffering and realism of the narrative, with gruesome shots of brutal interrogation. I found it hard to watch at points, but I couldn’t turn my eyes away as it was devastatingly real. I was left speechless as the credits rolled.

Impressive Ensemble Cast and Technical Brilliance

One of the most potent and powerful instruments used in this movie is silence. There are moments in the movie that almost make the audience feel uncomfortable because of the immensely natural, awkward silences displayed on the screen.All the actors provide excellent support to the movie, even when their roles only require them not to utter a word. Each actor is as impressive as the next. The actors’ performances are really good, more than that, they’re awesome! On the technical front, the slick editing and the camera work are amazing.

It’s one of the greatest cinematic achievements of our time. It’s as close to genius as you’ll get, and it’s one film you’ll talk about and think about for days. A candid depiction of a depraved institution, “Visaranai” will make you think, and think well.

3.5 Rating

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