Movie Review: Okkadu Migiladu

RATING: 2.5/5

OVERVIEW: Surya (Manchu Manoj) and his friends are arrested and they are being tortured in a very violent way to make them sign for the false case of selling drugs. They never lose their ground and while they are being transferred to a rural police station, a constable (Posani Krishna Murali) helps them as he know their story. Then they reveal the story of Peter (Manchu Manoj) who is the leader of Srilankan Tamilians and his fight and struggle to give them a secured life. What is the story of Surya? What is the story of Peter? How are they connected? These questions for the rest of the story.

REVIEW: This film is an official remake of tamil film ‘Ravana Desam’, but it was not officially announced. Majority of the film’s visuals have been reused from Tamil film. In case of remakes, people do usually re-shoot the film. In this un-usual case, entire second half i.e. the entire boat journey scenes and action episodes from first half, are re-used from Tamil film. Only the hero character has been changed.

Okkadu MIgiladu is a kind of dark thriller. The interrogation scenes in first half are violent and the entire second half is crude and appalling. First half starts off in routine manner, but things turn a little interesting as Surya narrates how their village in srilanka suffered between LTTE and Government. However, the director couldn’t build a gripping story after this point.

Manchu Manoj and Anisha Ambrose have played the lead roles in the film. Both of them are there at their best. Especially Manoj who played two different roles as LTTE Chief Prabhakaran which is a good one and the other role Surya is a student leader. Manoj impressed everyone. Manchu Manoj is surely going to grab more offers which have a lot of scope for the performance. The actor is at his best in terms of dialogue delivery and emotional scenes. Anisha Ambrose also delivered a good performance in the film and made her presence felt. The rest of the actors did well in the limited and that is all about the casting.

Director Ajay Andrew had pictured a 2017 happening to a 25 year old LTTE movement in Sri Lanaka and made a fine attempt to detail the suffering of refugees, struggle for survival and citizenship .But he could have made the film more relevant with some comedy acts as well instead of a non-stop serious story line .Musically there is nothing in the movie that stands out. There are parts of background score that show spark, but it gets repetitive.

Final verdict of the film is about the struggles of Srilankan Tamilians who neither belong to Srilanka or India in the eyes of officials.The director concentrated more on elevating the heroism of Manchu Manoj at the expense of screenplay and direction.

                                                                                                —panchajanya