Sruthi Ganapathy Raman
It's is his most serious film till date. It is an investigative thriller set against two real time issues that hits close to home: press freedom and hate crime.
Vijay Antony is Ranjith Kumar, a venerated investigative journalist who has hung up his boots after a tragedy. He spots a pattern among a series of murders in Tamil Nadu that no one notices.
But the freshness that the film leverages on as an effective PSA, doesn’t get translated into emotional stakes. There’s nothing wrong with a straight face thriller, sure.
Amudhan alerts its viewers of the different faces of hate. So, when a journalist is murdered for calling out a star’s behaviour on paper, a fan from an economically backward position is provoked to become the scapegoat.
Raththam, which has ambitious and responsible things to talk about, but isn’t too concerned with how it delivers the message.