‘Adi­wiraku’ com­pa­ra­ble with Hol­ly­wood su­per­hero flicks

New Straits Times - - Letters -

I AM of­ten cyn­i­cal when it comes films that claim to por­tray mul­tira­cial sto­ries and is­sues, es­pe­cially movies pro­duced lo­cally. How­ever, I am proud to say that Adi­wiraku has changed my per­spec­tive to some ex­tent.

Firstly, let me say that this film is not with­out its weak­nesses. The story is sim­ple, with­out great twists. It is in­spired by true events, but the pro­duc­ers could have steeped it more in re­al­ity.

Also, the voiceover nar­ra­tion could have been more in­for­mal and ex­pres­sive to re­flect the pro­tag­o­nist’s mood in some scenes. But, this could also have been in­ten­tional to give a sense of some­one re­call­ing events. But most cin­ema­go­ers will not look into th­ese as­pects too much.

Now to the “su­per­pow­ers” that this film holds. The story is beau­ti­ful. It makes us be­lieve in this coun­try, her peo­ple and all the won­ders that can be achieved if we unite. And, this is done not by sidestep­ping stark real­i­ties, but by fo­cus­ing on the so­lu­tions.

The main char­ac­ter was played su­perbly by Sangeeta Kr­ish­nasamy. I was taken by sur­prise with the splen­did “me­tre” shown by her as most of our lo­cal ac­tors tend to be “wooden” or over­act. A spe­cial men­tion as well to all the kids and teenagers in the movie. It must not have been easy to un­der­stand their roles and, at the same time, show their in­di­vid­u­al­ity and ex­press the di­a­logue, which may not be in their first lan­guage, con­vinc­ingly.

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