A story supported by strong facts from Channel 4’s war documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s killing field ‘comes Santosh Sivan’s Inam. A thought-provoking tale of the grief-stricken, Sri Lankan Refugees. The cinematographer-writer-director has delivered a film on a highly-sensitive subject that exposes the life of natives during the Sri Lankan war.
Rajini (Sugandha) begins narrating her life during a police interrogation (voice over by Aravind Swami). 18-year old Rajini lived in an orphanage run in the war affected region, taken care by Tsunami akka (Saritha) where Stanley sir (Karunas) is the guiding force, the orphanage is relatively happy place to be in. Then enters Nandhan (Karan) a special child, who creates a delightful atmosphere in the orphanage. Meanwhile other young occupants of orphanage escape, to join the guerrilla force. The rest of the plot is the journey of the displaced community.
The appalling truth of the UN peace keeping force withdrawing from the region, the gruesome molestation by the military during an inspection or the ill-fate of the injured seeking medication, Santosh Sivan has cleverly exposed the trauma undergone by residents. Having said that, there are a few resolved moments; When Tsunami akka’s sudden decision to marry the teenagers off is one.
The movie flourishes with brilliant performances, Karan aka Nandhan is undoubtedly the star of the film. You move with his motions in every scene. His innocence will pull your hearts strings in the most frightening sequences. Sugandha Ram , captivates you with her performance. One of the key highlights is Karunas, he is dynamite. Especially in the scene where he timidly yet strongly (help me replace the word Timidly/ Strongly)intervenes during the inspection.
The scenes are perfectly in sync with the local milieu, and brim with visual brilliance, needless to say it’s shot by the ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan himself, (a epic 5d digital camera). Editing by T.S. Suresh is neat and crisp, much which is required in this film. The musical score by Vishal Chandrashekar sets perfectly to the theme of the film.
Overall this film isn’t something that one can rate. Based on heart-wrenching true life events, this film has to be watched to be understood.