Jana Gana Mana

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Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Mamata Mohandas, Shammi Tilakan, Ilavarasu, Vinod Sagar, and Sri Divya.

Music by: Jake's Bejoy

Directed by: Dijo Jose Antony

Written by: Sharia Mohammed


A college lecturer gets murdered and her body is burnt, and the incident leads to a huge public roar with media reporting it as rape and murder and students take it to protests. Police officer Sajjan Kumar is assigned the job of bringing the killers to justice, which he nearly does and that's when the loopholes in the system and political inefficiency force him to take a shocking decision. What is that decision? And how Aravind Srinivasan is related to these incidents is the rest of the story.


Prithviraj Sukumaran gives a terrific performance, Suraj venjaramoodu"s character had multiple shades, and he performs effortlessly. Mama to Mohandas had an important role and she too makes a good impression. Other artists were alright.


Director made an effort to bring up some contemporary burning topics in the movie, which is appreciable that he pushed the narrative in such a way that the questions asked by the protagonist will make us the audience think for at least a moment. 

The outline of the story looks like a typical fight for the justice kind, the first hour or so is conceived at a slow pace with randomly developed initial scenes and a better feeling comes after the police investigation starts. Towards the interval, the director comes off with a controversial stand but he makes it up for it in the second half.

Rape cases, fake encounters, discrimination in the name of the color, and caste are all questioned by the main role of the movie in the most powerful way.

How the media selectively raises the issues, how even people who should be unbiased are driven by the agenda, is implied productively. 

By bringing up some recent real-life incidents in lookalike scenes in the film, the director tells that Criminals should be punished by following the due procedure, not by emotions, not by the hunger for instant justice. When the protagonist explains how the idea of discrimination is planted in our minds and the same perception proceeds in our lives, we are surely in for a shock.

However, the director wanted to express so many points in the second half which made a few portions clumsy. The balance between the payback theme and realistic touche could have been handled better. 

Despite imperfections in the narrative, the movie makes us emotionally charged in important scenes with the help of a terrific performance by Prithviraj Sukumaran.

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