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But the film goes downhill from there. Scenes appear contrived and rushed. Even the love-track between Adhi and Seema doesn't come across as too convincing. The 'Damodar' character is said to be a vicious gangster but the intensity is barely felt. Prithvi can pull off characters such as Adhi with ease, as this is his forte - a brooding, straight-faced hunk, with little to zero sense of humour. Nandu, as expected, manages to keep his struggling NRI character grounded and believable.
A gangster-drama cannot always stick to logic but the manner in which the cops take so long to come to conclusions about the death of a particular character is appalling. In fact, the cops do not really have a say in proceedings at all, other than making them look more sophisticated to the audience. There's a party drug at play, there's money-laundering, there's betrayal, and there's a 'master-plan' - it's precisely these gangster-movie elements that do not seem compellingly incorporated.
A few characters also needed better writing. Adhi's backstory is said in flashback vignettes, but we need more than that to connect to his inner struggles. Seema too could have had more emphasis in the screenplay. It is almost as if Nirmal started off his script with an action-heavy crime thriller in mind and midway, decided to turn it to a more character-driven drama. Hence, neither genre particularly came full circle.
Perhaps, it could also be Prithvi's recent choice of moping characters that act as a deterrent from enjoying an experiment like 'Ranam' to the fullest. It is a well-made, almost well-written film that terribly lacks good direction.
As for the movie, it is a well placed Crime - Action - Drama film. Prithviraj just keeps on amazing me with his performance. The supporting crew did their job well especially Rahman and Nandhu. Music is on a different level. Jakes Bejoy killed it with the BGM and songs. Overall a great movie.
Negatives - The second half can be a little slow when compared to the first half. ( Not something to be worried about).
1. BGM 2. Niramal Sahadev 3. Cinematography 4. Songs: All songs are good 5. Narration style and making 6. Dialogues language - all of the characters speak their native language 7. Emotional scenes between Aadhi & Seema: Niramal try to make American culture and style reflect in their life 8. Action Choreography: climax fight and baseball bat was realistic and pretty good
1. Editing: Some scenes cut was not good and some scenes not create a good continuation 2. 2 Teenage actors acting was not up-to mark: Some areas facial expressions of these actors not good 3. Climax Sequence: Climax not well and explosion scene VFX in climax was quit bad 4. Damodar Ratnam was powerful but doesn't much screen presence 5. Clichéd Story 6. Ranam story demand emotional crime drama but some areas it like a typical gangster movie. Ranam does not need these type big gangster side story. Gangster portions was need but not need more
Ranam's execution and plot greatly resembles the 2011 Ryan Gosling film, Drive. To be honest, i expected it. The hammer, the slow and ambient music, the color palette the film uses and a getaway driver. All of this hinted at a huge inspiration for the debutant from Drive. And it delivers almost.
The characters are thick and has some appreciable depth. The songs, music was well placed and added to the overall pros the movie constitute. Now in any other situation, if i watched Ranam under the banner of 'Hollywood', i would be calling this a millennial disaster. It's the perfect recipe for a 21st century cinema bomb. But the situation is vastly different. Ranam is an attempt and i strongly impose the word 'attempt' here. From inspired films comes with a lot of mistakes. And Ranam has everything of that sort. But the director has pulled of an almost impossible task of recreating that feel and atmosphere the film Drive(2011) gave. Drive is a good film. I don't particularly like it or hate it either. I just know that it is a well executed movie. Ranam on the other hand has a special place in the cinemaholic inside me. I know it might not be great as the original one but still i would appreciate a film that comes with possibly a 1/10th of the budget Drive had.
Ranam establishes the narrative style in the first 5 or 10 minutes itself. If you are not liking the way film goes in the beginning itself, it's better to just walk out. The film doesn't compromise on any ground. It just flows. Much like many other films that tries to mix genres so that everyone can like it, Ranam doesn't do that. It has a nature of its own. The lead performances were fine. It's fine. There is nothing admirable about it. Prithviraj's previous outing 'Koode' had a great performance from him. Ranam's demands doesn't bode well with any of the supporting cast either.
The plot, the pace and the over use of the theme music are the biggest negatives Ranam houses. I could've ignored the blant plot. And perhaps the slow pace too. But the music was so damn annoying. The music was GOOD. The repetition WASN'T. They could've at least mixed things up. Jeez.
Ranam is a very delicate drama/thriller that can disappoint you if you don't pay attention to the quick fire dialogues popping at you. Or if you fall asleep at the slow pace the film goes through.
Nirmal Sahadev, i beg you to make more movies in Mollywood. Don't be a shadow in the coming years. The direction was the best part of the whole film. Even if everything else would fall below the line, the will to hold all of those thin lines together is a mammoth task. And you pulled off that relentlessly.
Ranam is yet another one of those 'Malayalam' films that you can witness only once in blue moon. Make sure you don't become a part of the crowd that are blind to the color blue.
1. Story: The story told in Ranam is not something new, we have seen, heard stories of this sort in a film or two before. That being said, the story is set in a new environment that is not too familiar to Indian films, that makes it a new wine in an old bottle!
2. Storytelling/Direction: As for a debutant, Nirmal Sahadev is brilliant. He tells his own written mediocre story in the most possible exciting way. Nirmal takes time in building the characters, making understand the audience what the characters have gone through, sets the otherwise new ambience, Detroit ready to serve to the local audience in Kerala. Certain moments are put together from the characters past to throw in more details. Rest, watch the movie for his magic.
3. Acting: Main lead Prithviraj is amazing as always, he does total justice to his character in the story. Meanwhile Nandhu and Isha Talwar stood out for their brilliance. As for Isha, I think its a role that showcases her true potential. Rahman, though initially felt overdoing (especially in the first scene at the hotel/cafe), comes back strong into the game later on. Ashwin Kumar, has nothing as an exception, we have seen his shades of grey in other movies, nothing different, but decent enough for his character.
4. DOP: DOP is quite decent, especially the red lighting that they used frequently which i loved the most. There's no scene that'll make you go wow about the beauty of the foreign locations, because the premise is different, its an emotional drama. For capuring the same without any leakage hats off to Jagme Tenzing!
5. Audio/ BGM/ Music: Background score stood out throughout the film. in some scenes the BGM tends to make our heart, beat a little faster. Score was good enough to sink myself with the characters and in some action sequences as well. Songs were brilliant, the rap song helped to get us the Detroit vibes. Jakes Bejoy, well done.
All in all, a brilliant movie, definitely deserves praise, which i think its not getting. Salute to the producers for making such a movie in malayalam, despite knowing the setbacks. Recommended!