by : Behindwoods review board
: Johnny, Sanusha, Nishanth, Sandeep.
themes are capable of questioning
the collective conscience of
the society. Renigunta has to
fall into that genre. Though
not being a path breaking or
trail blazing effort, Renigunta
has enough uniqueness and undiluted
treatment to deserve some attention.
It is very clear that the film
has not been made with only
commercial success as the motivation;
the makers have been honest
to the theme first and put all
other elements behind it.
Renigunta tells the story of
5 young men who are at large
after having escaped from prison.
They land up in Renigunta after
their journey to Mumbai goes
awry midway. They stay on as
they find Renigunta a fertile
ground for their activities
which mainly consist of carrying
out murders as per order. They
are ruthless assassins who will
kill anyone for a fee, it seems.
But, how did they turn out to
be the criminals that they are?
That is where Renigunta can
make people do some soul searching.
The process of creating a criminal
out of a very normal youngster
is masterminded by the society;
first by preferring to keep
quiet when he needs help and
then by hurriedly branding him
as a criminal the moment he
tries to raise a voice for himself.
With no alternative left, the
man turns to the only people who will accept
him into their fold, they are people who
have already been branded criminals by the
society. The like minded and similarly affected
youngsters join together knowing that their
only hope of a future is by intimidating
others into submission and they pick up
arms, turning into full fledged assassins.
The process of a criminal’s evolution
is told through the life of newcomer Johnny
who is the son of a law abiding dutiful
police officer who gets involved in a pretty
dangerous case. Johnny’s dad’s
conscientiousness costs him his life as
well as his wife’s. Only Johnny is
left alone. No one comes to his help, no
one fights for justice and the frustrated
and angry young man tries to wreak revenge.
But, too small and too weak for the evil
forces, he is branded as a criminal and
put behind bars. Again, neither the law
nor the society turns to help him. Labeled
as a criminal and facing torture in jail,
he finds refuge in a band of four young
men who have already turned the corner and
accepted lives on the wrong side of the
law. The quintet sets off on the journey
that takes them to Renigunta.
The film is not all about crime and violence.
Even if these elements form the major portion
and the moving force of the narrative, the
finer emotions within the minds of the youngsters
is also shown. There is a muted love story
(literally) that blossoms between Johnny
and a girl in Renigunta who cannot speak.
It is understated for most part but the
feelings are effectively communicated. The
other four associates of Johnny realize
this and implore him to leave their company
with her so that he can have a normal life.
Fine strands of friendship can be felt here.
The character of the girl’s elder
sister who has been forced, partly by circumstances
and mostly by her drunk husband into being
a prostitute also leaves an impact. In spite
of her sufferings she wants to make sure
that her sibling gets a peaceful life. The
climax carries the typical message that
crime never pays.
The director (Paneerselvam) has delivered
what he set out to give. He has not diluted
the theme or deviated from it for commercial
considerations. The amount of violence seems
to be justified by the script; one cannot
point out a place where it seems forced.
Having said that, the A certificate is completely
justified and the movie is certainly not
for very young people or those who are looking
for regular entertainers. It is dark and
grim most of the time. Scenes are gory and
at times can leave even men accustomed to
such movies with a grimace.
young cast, mostly newcomers have done
a fine job. Johnny and Sanusha do their
parts well; the former impresses in spite
of having very few dialogues. But, it
is the young handicapped man who impresses
the most, especially in dialogue delivery.
the movie is adequate. Camerawork suits
the mood of the movie for most parts while
music does not find too much of a place
in spite of a few songs in the film. Dialogues
by Singampuli are definitely praiseworthy.
is not a movie made with commercial intentions
in mind. Though violence and brutality
are constants throughout the movie, it
is neither superficial nor forced. The
message that the director set out to convey
has been said effectively, the society’s
role in making criminals out of promising
young men has been shown, the third degree
treatment meted out to accused prisoners
is depicted and the helplessness of such
people is well portrayed. It is bound
to get noticed in the non-commercial circles.
Watch it if you can stomach some undiluted
portrayal of violence, third degree and
the dark side of life on the wrong side
of law. It is not for the regular entertainment
seekers nor advisable for those few who
believe in mimicking on screen exploits
in real life.
The dark life: Undiluted & Uninhibited