Tagged as “the story of an accused”, Ira had an excellent marketing team backing the crew. But is marketing enough to pull a cinema through? Read this review from Deepa Antony.
Written by Naveen John and directed by debutant Saiju S.S, Ira comes from the Vysakh-Udayakrishna camp. In the heat of the actor abduction case, the trailer of Ira had all the markings of yet another film about the said case. But apart from the cleverly cut trailer, the film hardly has much to do with the said case.
Instead, Ira is about the case of a young doctor Aryan (Gokul Suresh Gopi) who is accused of assassinating a corrupt Politician (Alencier) being investigated by a police officer, Rajeev Devraj (Unni Mukundan). However, Ira does use the premise of an accused crying foul that he has been framed to make a commentary on the media circus that ensued the Actor Abduction case.
And that is exactly where the film flaws. The social commentary reeks of comedy sketches we are familiar with in the night primetime TV comedy shows. While such loud and exaggeration is expected in comedy sketch shows on TV, in the film, this sticks out like a sore thumb. There are too many characters in the film for no rhyme and reason. Many of these characters, mostly tv serial artists, are rigorously stuck in just single scenes or so, with or without dialogues. Often these characters appear in scenes crafted for them and not for the film. These scenes could be cut out and cause no harm whatsoever to the plot of the film. Whether the editor Johnkutty, or the director chose not to cut them out, is for them to speak. But it does distract the viewer from the central plot. At this point one can’t help but feel bad for the debutant director who felt pressurized to include as many people into his debut film as possible and marring his venture in the process.
Ira could have been a thriller, had it followed some logic and reasoning. Lot of the incidents in the cinema have no logical explanation. It follows the saying “kadhayil chodyamilla (ask no questions in a story)”. The film has a character who is a rather famous BBC reporter, an Adivasi orphan, who virtually lives hidden under a pseudonym. How she made it all the way to BBC from a small community as an adivasi village, hidden from the prying media eye is a secret nobody will tell you. And then one fine day her cover is blown! How? No answer. Rajeev Devaraj is a police officer investigating practically everything surrounding the accused Dr.Aryan. On whose authorization does he investigate? No answer. Why his blatant misuse of power never questioned? No answer. Intimidating people to get his job done seems to be his prime modus operandi. Muscleman, Unni Mukundan gets quite many scenes to flex his muscles, even the facial muscles. But his character suffers from shaky writing. Gokul Suresh Gopi, who plays the accused, can’t be ‘accused’ of acting. His acting skills need severe and rigorous polish. Mia suffers from the aforementioned shaky writing. Seems like she has more unanswered questions about her character than we do!
The music by Gopi Sundar and the camera by Sudheer Surendran fit in perfectly with the narrative. It neither lifts nor drops the graph.
For a directorial debut Saiju S.S could have fared much better had he not sacrificed his creativity at the altar of his loyalties. Ira is watchable, but it is far from a delectable thriller-as the makers claim for it to be.
reviewed byDeepa Antony
02 Apr 2018 | 11:27 AM
- directed by
- Saiju S. S.
- Unni Mukundan