Ramaleela: Dileep’s Left, Right and Centre!
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“Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.” – Chanakya
Debutant director Arun Gopy’s film from beginning to the end is about Advocate Ramanunni’s brilliant plan and excellent execution to annihilate his enemies which is in tandem with the above mentioned Chanakya’s quote. Ramaleela is a political thriller written by Sachy and ably performed by Dileep. A restrained Dileep as Ramanunni is successful in giving a convincing performance sans his usual comic roles. Ramanunni’s determination and to avenge his father’s martyrdom keep the viewers puzzled, guessing on what will be his next move. Kalabhavan Shajon, as Thomas Chacko fondly called as TC, stands out as the Youth front leader and also as Ramanunni’s sidekick.
Ramaleela’s plot does portray the usual inter-political rivalry in Kerala and the inhuman political killings that have become the part of commoners’ life there. Ramanunni is the son of a communist martyr who is revered for his ethics and politics was killed due to an internal party conspiracy. This revelation from his father’s killer Ambady Mohan creates the required momentum in the movie.
Changing sides during election time and becoming fence sitters are common in Indian politics. Ramanunni leaving his party at the time of a by-poll election and joining the rival party creates much anguish and anger among party cadres and moreover to his mother Raginni Raghavan (Radhika Sarathkumar) a staunch leftist supporter and party leader. She denounces him publicly for his betrayal by giving a public statement that he is a traitor who joined a party which was behind his father’s killing. Undeterred by the political onslaught by his parent party, he migrates to a new one to face an equally strong political competitor Udhayabhanu (Sidique) within his new fold, allegedly one of the conspirators of his father’s murder.
Pragya Martin (Helena) as an IT expert, reality show set designer and who is in constant search of breaking the rules in coming up with innovative ideas to make a difference in her field this time is hand in glove with the alleged accused, Advocate Ramannuni who is absconding for the killing of his political opponent. Pragya Martin and her father Renji Panicker as VG Madhavan, a veteran political journalist takes the plot to the next level by involving themselves in proving the innocence of Ramnnuni. A reality show streaming live from the hideout of Ramannuni and Thomas Chacko holds the whole Kerala on tenterhooks. Every episode is live telecast from a different IP address and which is difficult to trace becomes a headache for the intelligence and police force headed by Paulson Devassy DYSP (Mukesh). Mukesh as DYSP has done a good job with a tinge of humour, he portrays a not so stupid police officer.
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Ramaleela is interesting because of its twists and turns. Unfortunately, the timing of Ramaleela’s release and the much controversial Dileeps alleged involvement in the recent Kerala Actress molestation and rape case has made this movie a talk of the town. The public has been divided into ‘for’ and ‘against’ Dileep. There are people who believe that it’s not just the hero’s film rather it’s about every artist who has contributed to making it to the theatre and therefore, it’s justified to watch the movie.
Anyways, what is important to remember is that an actor is recognized for his performance and is revered for his personal traits and integrity. Now, it is for the audience to decide what they want to do with Dileep the hero and a citizen of our country.
In short, Ramaleela is definitely watchable and is one of the best films Dileep has done. So go and watch Dileep, the actor.
.Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 3.25/5
Cast: Dileep (Advocate Ramanunni), Kalabhavan Shajon (Thomas Chacko), Pragya Martin (Helena), Radhika Sarathkumar (Ragini Raghavan), Mukesh 9Paulson Devassy, DYSP), Siddique (Udhayabhanu), Vijayaraghavan (Ambady Mohan), Renji Panicker (VG Madhavan), Lena (Olga John), Ashokan 9Inspector General of Police),
Genre: Political Thriller
Director: Arun Gopy
Producers: Tomichan Mulakupaddam
Written by: Sachy
Music by: Gopi Sunder
Edited by: Vivek Harshan
Cinematography: Shaji Kumar
Production Company: Mulakupaddam Films
Distributed by: Mulakupaddam Release
Release Date: 28 September 2017
Duration: 160 minutes