Reality bites and it really does in Vetrimaaran's thriller movie Visaranai. The film, a survivor tale, brings to light the harsh realities that prevail in police department and judicial system.
The film, which is jointly produced by Dhanush and Vetrimaaran, features Attakathi Dinesh, Murugadoss, Samuthirakani, Kishore, Anandi and Ajay Ghosh in crucial roles.
Based on the Tamil novel 'Lock Up', the movie revolves around four boys who are detained by police in Guntur and mercilessly beaten black and blue for days for a crime they never committed. Their lives take a complete turn after they are helped and rescued by a police officer (Samuthirakani) from Tamilnadu.
They in turn help him kidnap an accused from judicial custody. But there is a deadly twist.
Apt to the title, Visaranai brings to light the agony and pain of 'victims', who may not even be suspects, suffer at the hands of the police.
Each scene has been enacted very sensitively. It triggers a sense of fear among the audience about the police department and the need to have a stronger governing body that will respect human rights.
The movie has a chilling mix of violence and reality that is portrayed through bloodshed, shooting and police encounter. Double-crossing, no respect for human lives, a justice system that is interrupted and ruled by politicians are very subtly shown in the movie.
A bit of romance between Anandhi and Dinesh lightens the mood in the first half. Comedy comes woven with the story in a court scene where a judge punishes an inspector.
Music by G V Prakash Kumar has added more emotion. Shot at the original location, namely the police station in Guntur, cinematographer S Rama Lingam has added to the thrills with his lens.
Vettrimaran's thorough research and an engaging screenplay make it an interesting watch.
In all, Visaranai is raw and real and definitely not for the faint-hearted.