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sofiadorathy
12-13-2003, 05:43 AM
Ooruku Nooruper is a thought-provoking story about crime, punishment and coming to terms with the death sentence. Crime and punishment are as old as civilization itself, or perhaps even older. However, mankind has never been able to completely come to terms with the death penalty and it is still open to debate. The story written by famous writer Jayakanthan attempts to look at capital punishment and the meaning of revolution through the eyes of its two main characters, Balan and Anandan.

Balan(Hans Kaushik) an artist by profession and a revolutionary, disheartened with the present day political scenario, joins a Communist group called Ooruku Nooruper Bala's father in law (Bharathi Mani), a retired teacher and one who brings up Bala understands his mindset, but he does try to express out the impractical approach of his son in law. But Bala's wife Saroja (Julie) is totally opposite to father. She hates all her husbands activities. In his quest for money for his revolutionary cause, he inadvertently kills a temple priest and is sentenced to death. Anandan, a journalist, writes for a revolutionary paper that supports Balan’s ideologies. He uses his pen to fight our social and legal system. The priest’s wife however pardons him and accepts her fate philosophically. When Anandan meets Saroja, he wonders if her outbursts of anger towards her husband and son are justified. Ananadan, who is totally against capital punishment goes on a signature campaign to save Balan ,but nothing works out and Balan is finally hanged to death. Anandan fulfils Balan’s last wish by handing over his body for clinical study.

Hans Kaushik fits the role like a T. His not so expressive face suits the revolutionary part. Julie is adequate as the wife of Balan. Sundar is ok. Bhatrathi Mani as the f-in-law of Balan has given a fine performance. Even the priest and his appear briefly have done justice to their part. Lenin, already a popular editor was awarded the Golden Lotus for Best Direction for Oorukku Nooruper. The film also bagged the Silver Lotus in the Best Regional Film category, for the year 2001. Alphonse Roy’s camera captures well the different moods of the film.

Towards the end one feels that the film restate the fact that revolutionaries are so sensitive to social injustice that they go to any extremes to bring out their opinions. As a result their families are neglected and they remain unnoticed.





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