'Left Right Left' (Malayalam) - The New Indian Express

'Left Right Left' (Malayalam)

Published: 13th July 2013 08:39 AM

Last Updated: 13th July 2013 08:39 AM

In a maddening world, he finds reprieve in madness. A bitter childhood experience moulds him and he succeeds in becoming a cop, which he thinks will help him overpower the system. He falls in love with a married nurse who conveniently uses him as an excuse to get out of her troubled marriage. Lost in life, he finds liberation when he sacrifices his life for a cause.

Indrajith has literally breathed life into the pathos-filled character of Vattu Jayan in Left Right Left, a political movie which deals with the politics of life and relationships. It is also a social drama, its resemblance to real-life politicians notwithstanding.  The movie is directed by Arun Kumar Aravind who rose to fame with his first movie Eee Adutha Kalathu.

Three main characters, Che Guevara Roy (Murali Gopi), son of a communist leader who was killed during the Emergency, Kaitheri Sahadevan (Hareesh Peradi), a ruthless state leader of RPI(M), and Vattu Jayan (Indrajith), mad, rude and a corrupt police inspector, carry the baggage of the past with them. They have a raw earthiness to them and bear no qualms about what they do. Roy, once a fiery activist and now a failed communist, who teaches at an orphanage, lives with his wife Anitha Roy, a guest lecturer at a college. Roy and his old comrades invite trouble for themselves when they attempt to expose Sahadevan’s corrupt practices.

A revolution creates communists and their ideals define their paths. But did anybody foresee the degradation of the Left’s ideology? That ideals and power make a deadly combo? Who are the real communists in the present globalised and liberalised world? What is the right for the left? These questions are answered brilliantly in the movie.

Left Right Left is intense, gritty, real and honest. It depicts the black dots in politics. It reveals a truth that each individual leads a struggle, stands against insurmountable odds to live a dignified life and is a communist.

You will love this film not only for its brilliant script, but also for the characters.

This hard-hitting tale will help actor-cum- writer Murali Gopi carve a niche for himself in Mollywood.

His top notch performance as a partially paralysed ideologist reminds one of his father and master actor Bharat Gopi.

Theatre artiste Hareesh perfectly essays the ferocious personality of a communist leader, whose past is riddled with blood. Indrajith, as a wacky cop, brings out the depth of his character brilliantly. 

Female characters, Lena as Anitha (loving wife), Ramya Nambeesan as Jennifer (cheating nurse) and Sethulakshmi as Jayan’s mother prove their worth. They keep their acting natural. Music by Gopi Sundar is good and creates the perfect mood. Final applause must go to the writer; his strong characterisation is brilliant and his dissection of Leftist politics in Kerala is quite originally.

Verdict:  An exciting piece of filmmaking

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