In the era where films that speak of cops’ prowess have a great welcome, Visarani is a game changer that throws light on the brutality, mercilessness and the temperament of the police force when it comes to saving themselves. Directed by Vetrimaaran, this film is a realistic and raw creation that stuns everyone.
Visaranai speaks the plight of workers who hail from poor economic background, how much vulnerable they are and how they fall prey to police’s politics and selfishness.
Getting beaten to the pulp, the workers who are turned into scapegoats by the police to hide a high level theft case, start earning our pity. Dinesh, Murugadoss and the other two lads have played tough in withstanding the torture done to them as it happens to be the only defense they are allowed to do and by doing so they become heroes instantly.
Violence forms the film’s base as it delivers the off-screen happenings of how an interrogation takes place in a raw and hard to digest manner. Though ‘Visaranai’ portrays the ruthlessness of the cops right from the word go, the director has placed instances that showcase sincere cops who stand for justice.
While the first half gives us a heavy heart, the one that follows makes things even worse. A perfectly planned screenplay gives no room for flaws or yawns and Visarani does exactly that. The screenplay completely rides on the core content of the film and as the core is highly concentrated without any commercial dilutions we automatically get carried away and just gaze that are happening onscreen.
At a certain point audience become desperate as the victims are cornered by the dominance carried out by the police and this desperation stands a proof for the success of the film.
Technically, the film has come up like an art work which does the complicated job of keeping the seriousness, reality and tension intact. Sound recording plays a major role in making people believe things which are happening on screen to be real and the sound department has etched it to perfection. Wounds, wear and tear and the rustic looks of the victims is another detailing that make scenes look realistic.
Cinematography moves along with the characters or a situation which have prime importance in a given scene. Cramped rooms, outdoors, conversations, showing the view of a serious happening from a character’s view and much more happen to be the credit earning aspects of S Ramalingam’s cinematography. Editing from Kishore Te keeps the scenes as crisp as possible and the conversational shots are well cut.
Art director Jacki’s perfection makes every location look like a real place where such instances have really happened. Following a great show in Aadukalam, the art director has shown the same level of detailing right from ambience to set properties which include rustic lockups, worn-out furniture etc.
In terms of performance, Visaranai has no one as stand out performer as everyone who’ve played a very brief role have done their part exceedingly well. But there are certain characters which have played a big role and Samuthiranaki is certainly one among them.
Kishore, Saravana Subbaiah, E Ramdoss and an experienced police officer who chips in as an expert in handling the patch up work for sealing the loopholes of police department’s flaws are a few among the group of performers.
GV Prakash has kept quiet for major parts of the film and has been sensible in the areas where he has been given opportunities.
Verdict: Visaranai is a quality thriller that sounds, looks and feels realistic. A raw art on celluloid
Written and Direction: Vetrimaaran
Based on: Lock Up by M. Chandrakumar
Music: G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: S. Ramalingam
Editing: Kishore Te
Production: Wunderbar Films and Grass Root Film Company
Distribution: Lyca Productions
PRO : Riaz Ahamed