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Karnan Movie Review: Dhanush & Lal with Mari Selvaraj Deliver a Traumatic Visual Wonder About Discrimination and Police Violence | Filmywap 2021 Bollywood Movies




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Review of the Karnan movie: 4.5 stars (four and a half stars)

Star cast: Dhanush, Lal, Rajisha Vijayan, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli, Yogi Babu, Gouri G. Kishan and ensemble.

Director: Mari Selvaraj

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Karnan Movie Review written and directed by Mari Selvaraj (Photo Credit – Instagram)

What is good: Caste discrimination, oppression and atrocities are limited to newspapers and TV channels for privileged people like you and me. Selvaraj drags you into this stunningly stunning visual narration of the story and makes you live a life of suffocation for nearly 160 minutes.

What’s bad: My ignorance that I never looked at the bad levels of oppression that some communities still face to get basic stuff.

loo break: Karnan is enough to make you uncomfortable that you pause the movie at least a few times. Use those moments of shock to do the deed. But once you hit the play button, there’s no chance you’ll be allowed to move.

To watch or not?: It’s a story about people like you and me. It is told to you through a mythological and symbolic approach, so you know how wide the gap is between the powerful and the powerless. Watch and let others do the same. Awareness is the key.

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A Dalit community lives in a small village, locked up on all sides by powerful people who don’t let them have a voice. Amidst them stands Karnan (Dhanush), a young man who becomes the voice of the community praying to the faceless god. Karnan becomes the face and resists the mighty, creating sparks that burn his surroundings.

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Karnan Movie Review written and directed by Mari Selvaraj (Photo Credit – Instagram)

Karnan Movie Review: Script Analysis

It’s not that any of us don’t know systemic oppression exists. We’ll give it a side note for convenience, but not Mari Selvaraj, who consistently shows what people at the lower level of the hierarchy have to go through. There is a structure in its showcase of individuals rising from the resistance. Unlike Pariyerum Perumal, Karnan does not believe in sitting still, even for a minute.

Also written by Mari, Karnan is a metaphorical film through references to the mythological story Mahabharat. The film opens with a girl who is under 10 years old who is fighting an attack in the middle of a busy road and needs help. The camera zooms out, buses pass from her side, she continues to fight, she dies but none of the vehicles stop. The camera zooms in and her face is now replaced by a facade (mask) of a deity. Her life had no value to the people who watched her die like a stray.

The writer-director with his team is not here to tell you the story while sitting comfortably. They want to take you to the core of this community and let you live with them and their struggles. Karnan, also known as Dhanush, is introduced to us through the song Kandaa Vara Sollunga, a song that calls out more for help than to introduce their hero. He is Karnan, the savior who will become the face of their headless god. The whole movie has names from the Mahabharat. Selvaraj fulfills two goals. First he makes clear the evil and the good. Secondly, he knows how to give the highly born protagonists of the mythological epic an accessible twist and shows what if the roles were reversed.

There is a war in the movie, the war between those who want to rise high and those who don’t. Their demands are not the sky, but those that people who live in a city with good infrastructure do not even pay much attention to. Their destiny is to have a bus stop, let their kids go to college, keep their girls safe when walking around alone. But what they get in return is police brutality, caste discrimination, intimidation, lack of resources, and so on.

Mari Selvaraj, who gives this film a mythological twist, shows how even the gods have been dulled and taken their blessing from this community. The gods are almost faded; one of them doesn’t even have a head. Which means their savior has no face. They must become their own savior. Karnan is filled with some amazing metaphors.

It takes many similarities and references from nature. For example, a donkey is released to roam, but two of its legs are tied up so it can’t run. A quick nod to the community, who get their land and say they can dig there. But can they do so peacefully? No. The donkey learns to jump until a rescuer comes to the rescue. And in both cases it is Karnan.

The film is about the hopeless existence of people who have to fight for the most basic necessities of life. Writing in Karnan is easy; it doesn’t give you twists and turns and exciting doses. It instead gives you an abundance of discomfort and makes you feel it in your gut. Every time a cop beats an innocent man for no crime, every time the powerful men of the parallel village speak badly of the low-born women, every time their homeland is ridiculed into a wasteland, experience what it feels like, Selvaraj with his team takes care of that. Police officer beats the people for not taking off their turbans in front of his eyes because they looked him in the eye because they have names of the iconic warriors. See if there’s even one crime in there.

How ironic is the fact that the Bollywood movie Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, which glorifies police brutality as if it were the necessity of the hour and normal, was released on OTT at the same time as Karnan. Choose where you put your money wisely.

Karnan Movie Review: Star Performance

I can’t even imagine anyone else except Dhanush playing this part. Some notes resemble his Vetri Maram epic Asuran, Dhanush roars like a lion forcibly kept away from its prey. The actor embodies Karnan standing with the sun in the background. There is no bad bone at all, just impeccable execution. For a man who met the actor in real life, I am forever shocked at how he manages to bring out characters so far away from his real self.

Lal is a tough guy, and my experience is minuscule for the talent the man possesses and the caliber he has proven. Preferably when necessary, and most brazen when the situation calls for it, Lal becomes the man for Karnan on Friday and wins our hearts all over again. By the way, Yogi Babu finally has a character that respects him. A seasoned actor can prove himself when he gets roles that do justice to their caliber. Yogi proves it this time, because he’s no comic relief.

The women in this universe have the freedom of choice. Resistance is a bot that has grown the community over the years. Women were not left behind, and the characters make sure to obey. Rajisha Vijayan plays Karnan’s love interest Draupathi (another Mahabharat reference), and a stubborn girl. While she is a treat to watch, I hope her character has been explored more. Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli plays Padmini, Karnan’s sister and is a character for whom I don’t mind having a separate spin-off.

Movie review of Karnan starring Dhanush
Karnan Movie Review written and directed by Mari Selvaraj (Photo Credit – Instagram)

Karnan Movie Review: Direction, Music

Mari Selvaraj is a beast when it comes to outback shooting. It shows you wide landscapes, open skies and a lot of space, but somehow also creates enough claustrophobia. He doesn’t take the camera away from scenes that have you covering their eyes; instead, it zooms in. He lets his actors live their lives for want of vanity and tans them under the real scorching heat of the sun. Authenticity seems to be his favorite word.

Santosh Narayanan’s music is similar to Karnan’s sharp sword. It sinks right into your guts and adds more thrills to this already thrilling ride. Kandaa Vara Sollunga will haunt me for a few more days, but I won’t stop to listen to it.

Theni Eswar’s camera is a master of creating fusions. Watch the video of the aforementioned song and you’ll know. By connecting mythology to the story, metaphors to the story and even nature, Eswar does this without anything seeming to get out of context. Read the trivia on Prime stating that in a scene where the police attack the village chiefs, he randomly shot a butterfly that was trapped in the locked doors. It made it to the final!

Karnan movie review: the last word

You have to watch the right kinds of movies. That is not to say what I think is correct. But there are no two ways Karnan is one of them in your and my list together. While entertainment, we need awareness and realization of exactly where we are. Karnan deserves your attention.

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karnan will be released on May 14, 2021.

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