Inam - The Unjustness Of War
"With great power comes great responsibility" - an oft-repeated quote in Hollywood super hero flicks. While cinema is essentially en entertainment medium, it is of great significance when we have movies that depict or document the brutalities happening around us. Such films not only act as a mirror to the society that we live in but also as a reference for future generations to hopefully not repeat the past crimes.
The film is a recollection of incidents by a young refugee. The most striking aspect of Inam is that it is non judgemental. The reason nor the justifications of either side on battle mode is shown. What it shows us is that innocent hearts which yearn for nothing more other than to be around with their loved ones being subject to the brutality of war.
Sugandha Garg as Rajini is the pivot of the film. The film is narrated from her point of view. She is entirely convincing as the teenager with a kind heart. The special child playing Nandan stays with us long after the curtains draw close. There is a mild streak of humour sprinkled throughout the film through his innocence. Karunas is brilliant as Stanley with his subtle performance. The film impacts us all the more because the performance of everyone is so real that there is nothing cinematic about anyone of them.
You see Santosh Sivan's mastery right from the title cards. The thumb impression in the shape of the island nation and the font style of the cast and crew being irregular probably signifying that the events are going to unfold from the point of view of kids are such minute detailing at work. He is the man behind the camera as well and we see the happenings through his eyes. Visual metaphors galore throughout the film. The shot that shows both grains and bullets scattered next to a corpse is one that comes to mind. While the former is an essential for life the later is a tool to end it. The physical assault on the principal character is disturbing without visual detailing. You sort of feel the pain of the character by yourself.
Inam is a very relevant documentation on the inhumane side of war. This is not a film for only the Tamils or Indians or Sri Lankans. The next time you hear about any war, Inam is bound to come to your mind.
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