Techies on a Thief Hunt - The New Indian Express

Techies on a Thief Hunt

Published: 02nd April 2014 09:44 AM

Last Updated: 02nd April 2014 02:25 PM

A ride back home during late nights is a nightmare for techies working in big cities like Pune and Bangalore. A spate of robberies and some murders were reported over the years on the highways of these cities with techies being the major victims. In the latest incident, a software engineer was assaulted and robbed on the Warje-Katraj stretch in Pune, in February.

Chakravyuham, a short film made by a group of techies, tackles this issue. “Though the movie is inspired by real life incidents the narrative follows the conventions of a crime thriller with a plot structured like a cat and mouse game,” says Ratheesh Raveendran, director of the movie.

Though it owes much to the series of robberies happened in Pune-Mumbai stretch between 2009 and 2012, Chakravyuham has Kochi as its prime location. The movie begins with a man hitching a ride from Kochi to Kottayam in an Innova car driven by a stranger. Two other passengers, who seems like friends with the driver, too join them midway through the journey. Within a short time the hitch-hiker establishes a rapport with the other men. But to his surprise they point a knife at the hitch-hiker and he realises that the driver and the passengers are members of the same gang and he is trapped.

The movie then cuts to another robbery which happened a year ago on the same highway. It then cuts to another incident in which police recovers some unidentified dead bodies. The rest of the film shows how these three incidents are linked with each other which leads to some surprising twists at the climax.

The scriptwriters of the film Rakesh Menon and Abhishek conceived the idea while working in Pune. “Robberies had become almost commonplace there. Techies were the prime targets of these gangsters,” says Rakesh.” “This is perhaps the first Malayalam shortfilm in the thriller genre. We wanted make something that looks different from the trending ‘buddy-comedies’ made by other techies,” he adds.

Cinematographer Arun Balram’s employed low-key lighting schemes which gives the film a ‘noirish’ look. Rakesh Kesav’s background score complements the tense mood of the film.

This is the second shortfilm of the team. Sarin, who plays the role of the chief gangster in the movie, is a familiar name in shortfilm circle with his previous film Capuccino creating waves by crossing 1 lakh views in Youtube. Alex and Sarath play the roles of the other gangsters and both are products of Neo Filmschool, Kochi. Debutant Sajiv enacts the role of hitch-hiker. Renit Raghavan act Franko Davis Manjila, Rajesh and Ganesh form the supporting cast. The movie is available on Youtube and it has crossed 1,000 views within 24-hours of its release. Chakravyuham has been chosen for screening at the FILCA International Film Festival-2014 to be held at Thiruvananthapuram.

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