Title: Ka Pae Ranasingam
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: VIjay Sethupathi, Aishwarya Rajesh, Rangaraj Pandey, Bhavani Sre
Director: P Virumaandi
Streaming on: Zee Plex (Zee5)
Story: K Ranasingam (Vijay Sethupathi) belongs to a village in Ramanathapuram district. He goes to Dubai for work and dies there in an accident at his workplace. The company refuses to return his body to India. How did Ranasingam’s wife Ariyanachi (Aishwarya Rajesh) struggle and fight for getting her husband’s body back forms the story of this film which is based on true events.
Performances: Vijay Sethupathi is a pro in playing these kind of roles and he does his job supremely well with ease. Aishwarya Rajesh is the real hero of this film and carries the entire film on her shoulders even during the absence of Vijay Sethupathi. She is sure to win several awards for her role. She has expressed pain and sorrow very well and makes the audience root for her. Rangaraj Pandey is impressive in the role of a district collector. Bhavani Sre is good as Vijay Sethupathi’s sister. Several other supporting actors have done their parts well.
Technicalities: Camerawork is good and apt for the film. Ghibran’s background score is impactful. There are only two songs in the film and they also appear as montages. Editing this film is a very tricky task. Despite a 3 hour runtime, the movie never tests our patience so the decision to go with a longer runtime has not harmed the film much in any way. Dialogues are neatly written. Artwork is good.
Analysis: The story of this film is based on true events and this is a story which definitely needs to be told and casting an actor like Vijay Sethupathi would help in improving the reach of this film. The film is not a typical popcorn entertainer and offers no entertainment in terms of comedy or action or suspense. The film takes a realistic approach and is hard-hitting at times. The movie is completely focused and serious about what it wants to do and never deviates from the plot and credit should be given to director Virumaandi for that. Certain cinematic liberties have been taken in a few scenes which seem slightly misfit into an otherwise realistic film. The film moves slowly and steadily from start to end but makes sure that it never becomes too melodramatic or sad. Vijay Sethupathi and Aishwarya Rajesh together hold the film completely with their majestic performances. The movie reveals the grim side of the situation of Indians on foreign land and also touches upon several important aspects of the functioning of governments. The movie requires a prepared mindset from the viewer to experience this 3 hour long realistic and hard-hitting tale. Climax is unexpected and shocking.
On a whole: Ka Pae Ranasingam is a honest and realistic take on a story which needed to be told.