Forged: Suresh Ravi, Raveena Ravi, Mime Gopi
When a cop stops your bike even whenever you’re sporting a helmet, you’re feeling a quiet dread as you consider the tedious and humiliating expertise you’re about to place your self by means of. Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban is that dread stretched over two hours. Although not as visceral or hard-hitting as Visaranai, that is additionally a bleak movie about police brutality: if you happen to insurgent in opposition to the System, you’ll pay for it, and typically, you would possibly even disappear. Director RDM means that particular person insignificance is the horrible value we pay for a collective good just like the police division.
These summary concepts are mentioned by means of the story of Prabhu (Suresh Ravi) and Indhu (Raveena Ravi), a pair that may barely make ends meet. Out on a motorbike at evening, they run into Inspector Kannabiran (Mime Gopi, who plays evil with a child-like enthusiasm). He strikes Prabhu to the station, flogs him, and seizes his bike. You’d assume the movie goes to be about how Prabhu escapes Kannabiran. However Kannabiran is reminded by his constable about his personal monitor report with anger points, and he lets Prabhu go in order that his promotion isn’t affected. Kannabiran didn’t simply do the appropriate factor; he did the appropriate factor for the System.
Nevertheless it’s the System that pulls Prabhu again once more into the station, and it begins to really feel like a haunted home that he retains operating into. Kannabiran makes him wait, beg, and grovel for his seized bike with no different motivation than the sadistic pleasure of realizing that Prabhu is now an adimai that he can exhibit to his subordinates. And simply as Prabhu is about to depart the station together with his bike, one thing else occurs and attracts him in—once more. This retains taking place time and again and you start to comprehend — with rising weariness — that there’s completely no provision for a standard man to work together with the system and maintain his dignity. As a constable places it: you’ll lose all of your happiness when you set foot inside a police station.
Nevertheless it doesn’t apply to everybody. There’s an ironic scene the place petty criminals converse freely to law enforcement officials in a approach that an individual like Prabhu by no means can. It’s as if cops are friendlier to ‘the dangerous’ quite than ‘the nice’ in society. And we discover out why within the subsequent scene: criminals assist cops by falsely surrendering in instances which might be caught. In contrast to the legal, the frequent man has no helpful service to render to the police power.
Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban makes you’re taking a deeply sinister perspective in direction of the police power. RDM tells us by means of conciliatory dialogues that there are nonetheless a number of good cops left and only some dangerous apples give the power its dangerous title. However what he really reveals all through the movie suggests the alternative: just a few dangerous apples are sufficient to destroy the nice ones. Although it’s comprehensible why dialogues defending ‘good cops’ could be needed for stability, additionally they cheapen the struggling of Prabhu and Indhu; as if arguing whether or not the System is sweet or not is even related to them.
Although director RDM retains it partaking within the scenes between Prabhu and Kannabiran, sequences displaying the connection between Prabhu and Indhu are generic. As an alternative of being an emotional counterpoint to police brutality, they make us overlook the movie’s gritty tone. After the pre-climax track, it takes a couple of minutes to recollect all of the bodily and psychological abuse Prabhu has gone by means of to do what he does ultimately.
Simply because the structure of a cathedral is optimized for people to really feel small and insignificant earlier than god, Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban is about as much as make one expertise the mindless rage of a police officer and the sensation of utter powerlessness. It’s a first-person view of what occurs to an bizarre particular person asserting in opposition to a System that’s designed to serve the entire nation, however not people.