Aattam Movie Review: 12 Angry Men And An Arresting Chamber Play About Male Hypocrisy – FILM COMPANION

Their troupe is known as Arangu, which interprets to the stage. It’s one other allusion to the irony the movie operates on with every character performing even higher in actual life than on stage. What doubles down on this irony is the seemingly progressive masks they put on in actuality, both as educated liberals (just like the newspaper editor) or as practitioners of a superior art-form (like their grasp who admittedly selected economics over expertise). But when push involves shove, we realise how all of them are like lots of us, conflicted, however a small value away from exchanging morality for egocentric progress.   

The writing is persistently stunning with the movie working each as an intricate examine of the male psyche and a thriller, inching nearer to a reveal. On this course of, our loyalties waver, however as viewers, the movie is cautious sufficient to by no means alienate Anjali. And it does this, even when it’s conscious of the locker-room like setting the place a lot of the movie is happening in. Anand Ekarshi additionally leaves us with attention-grabbing doubts, with us realising how a chamber drama that started at a eating desk, culminates with these males lastly standing exterior, as day turns into night time. Divided into three elements, not solely will we see the masks coming off steadily with the approaching of the night time (and alcohol), however we additionally witness these cautious, cultured males slowly remodeling into reckless beasts, as a debate degenerates into fist-flights. 

And with the movie introducing us to a set of spectacular new performers, the paradox of the writing solely will get higher with every new actor. In a movie that begins and ends with the stage, we come to understand that the one passage of reality seems when these actors are on stage. That is the place the movie turns into greater than an investigation or a procedural and it doesn’t matter who dedicated the crime while you’ve realised every a kind of males are equally culpable. Because the stage turns into the place with the least hypocrisy, Anjali too finds respite there, as she seeks out the acquainted faces sitting within the viewers. And with the judgements we now have made throughout the course of the movie, it’s not surprising if we discover a model of ourselves sitting proper there within the crowd, urging Anjali to carry out her reality for us, both to consider her or not…    

Aattam, which received the Grand Jury Award on the Indian Movie Competition of Los Angeles, will get its Asia Premiere on the Jio MAMI Mumbai Movie Competition

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