Verdict: One of the most thrilling gangster movies Malayalam cinema has ever seen.

Ranam – Detroit Crossing starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Rahman and Isha Talwar in the lead roles is a crime drama completely set up in Detroit, USA. Nirmal Sahadev, the scriptwriter of Hey Jude debuts as a director with this film and it is produced by Anand Payyanur, Rani, and Lawson Biju under the banner Yes Cinema Production & Lawson Entertainment. The movie also has Nandhu, Ashwin Kumar, Giju John, Shivajith Padmanabhan, Shyamaprasad and newcomers Celine Joseph and Mathew Arun who have supported the leading cast quite well.

What’s Ranam About:

Ranam – Detroit Crossing revolves around Aadhi (Prithviraj Sukumaran) and the movie is completely seen and narrated from his angle. Aadhi is a part of the drug dealing gang headed by Damodar (Rahman) who wants Detroit to come under his control. Aadhi and his uncle Bhaskar (Nandhu) fall into Damodar’s trap and want to get out of it but are forced to stay. All their efforts go in vain one after the other until one day, Aadhi meets Deepika (Celin Joseph) and reality hits him hard. Meanwhile, Seema (Isha Talwar) is going through a trauma which Aadhi feels he is responsible for and decides to protect her. But Damodar has other plans for him and Detroit.

What Works:

The best thing about Ranam is, of course, Prithviraj. No punch dialogue, no over-the-top action sequence or melodrama – Prithviraj’s Aadhi is a common man who is fighting his inner demons and his criminal boss. Nandhu has a very strong character to portray and unlike his previous movies, he has the scope to perform and delivers really well. Isha Talwar has a very meaty role as well which she handles with maturity. Rahman would be one of the most graceful and subtle antagonists on screen. He looks amazing, gives a stunning performance, and carries off the dark shades of his character with ease. All the characters are connected well and every actor has done justice to their respective roles.

The action sequences are well choreographed and look quite realistic. Jakes Bejoy’s music and background music go well with the background of the movie. The song Ore Kadal deserves a special mention. Jigme Tenzing’s cinematography is par excellence. Nirmal Sahadev has done a brilliant job as the director of the film and from no angle does it look like it’s his first attempt. This young director is definitely someone to look forward to.

What Could Have Been Better:

The plot has a few cliches. The movie is a bit slow-paced with a lot of Tamil and English dialogues so check for subtitles before you book.

Why You Should Watch:

Ranam – Detroit Crossing has all the elements of a gangster crime drama placed in the right order. It also has Prithviraj who has always been giving us some extremely different and experimental movies all the time. The movie portrays emotions well. Overall, Ranam is a decent entertainer.