Film: Left Right Left
Director: Arun Kumar Aravind
Cast: Indrajith, Murali Gopy, Remya Nambeesan, Lena and Hareesh Peradi
Unlike many other political thrillers that pick on politicians or criticise corrupt political systems, Left Right Left , the latest from Arun Kumar Aravind and Murali Gopy is a refreshing change in the way its portrays its characters.
Set in different periods starting from 1969, the film largely anchored in the present, attempts to take an exploratory look into the internal conflict of a political party and grave implications it brings to the lives of people in different strata of society.
As the film opens up, one is gripped with a sense of déjà vu as many sequences of the unfolding drama bear a resemblance to what happened or was reported in the media in recent times. One would even doubt for a while if he is sitting in front of a TV channel rather than in a theatre.
Even while set in a larger political milieu, Left Right Left mainly revolves around the lives of a few people including a police sub-inspector called Jayan, brilliantly played by Indrajith, a principled and selfless communist subtly performed by Murali Gopy, his wife Anitha (Lena), a controversial political leader Kaitheri Sahadevan (Hareesh Peradi) and a nurse Jennifer played by Remya Nambeeshan. In most cases the childhood experiences of these characters are shown as the reason for their present behaviour and mindset.
Many political and social issues of contemporary society have been discussed in the movie as the duo had done in their previous outing Ee Adutha Kalathu . A relatively controversial content and a thriller nature to the narration are the key differences this time.
The movie entertainingly refers to a number of issues presently faced by society even while seeking answers to certain key questions such as who is a “real communist” and what their plight is in the changing scenario.
Exploitations in the name of spirituality, corruption,and insensitivity among youth are some of its other themes.The poignancy of narration and the grit shown by the director besides the great performances by actors, including Indrajith as a psychotic brute police officer and Sethulakshmi as his mother, are sure to bring big applause for the film.
Bold and rounded characters, a good script and the importance given to its women characters make the movie watchable.
The excellent cuts made by the director, who also leads the editing department, and the engaging background, also are other plus points of the film.