Direction: Aashiq Abu
Cast: Tovino Thomas, Anna Ben, Sharafudheen, Indrans
When Sidney Lumet made Network greater than 4 a long time again, he used an over-the-top, satirical narrative to level fingers at visible media. It is a sworn statement to how a lot media requirements have fallen that some of the over-the-top parts in that movie have develop into normalised in tv studios in latter years.
In Naradan, Aashiq Abu hardly employs satire. The script by Unni R. is as direct as it will probably get, drawing on latest happenings from the political and media panorama within the State in addition to outdoors, to inform the compelling story of the rise of an unethical media anchor. When we first see Chandraprakash (Tovino Thomas), he’s already the star anchor of a information channel, however aside from starvation to remain forward of the competitors, he isn’t but sullied by different vices.
But, a drop within the scores, following a breaking story from Pradeep John (Sharafudheen), the anchor of a smaller rival channel, turns into a spark that kindles the ugly aspect of Chandraprakash. The movie follows his transformation to a wealthy, ruthless channel boss, who hobnobs with shady parts and would go to any extent to keep up his scores, and to crush even the feeblest of voices that query him.
It is way to Tovino Thomas’s credit score that he’s able to take up characters that aren’t likeable, like he did in Kala. Chandraprakash is even repulsive at many factors. His hectoring type of anchoring, reducing off panelists halfway and misinterpreting their phrases to serve his function, is reminiscent of many up to date anchors. It is the transformation in Chandraprakash’s character which turns into one of the excessive factors of the movie. This all-round transformation is very evident in how he places in place a ‘subordinate’ who was his shut pal not so lengthy again.
Aashiq Abu makes use of Naradan to invert the facility equations of the newsroom studio, to placed on trial the type of journalism promoted by sections of the visible media lately. The script factors on the inherent voyeurism, the ethical judgements and the conservative mindsets of the self-anointed judges in newsrooms. Though many of the scenes are set round tiring information debates and voyeuristic reporting, it makes for partaking drama within the movie. Some elements, particularly that of a rapper confronting the anchor in a reside video, appears to have been drawn from happenings within the nationwide media, identical to an element of the anchor’s character.
A good half of the hour main as much as the climax has been structured as a court-room drama, with some strong performances from Indrans, because the decide who will not be simply swayed, and from Anna Ben, as a lawyer. Although the arguments justifying media gags in some circumstances could be misused by some parts, as has occurred lately, the court docket arguments additionally increase legitimate questions on what constitutes public curiosity journalism. The two rap songs add to the overall thought and spirit of the movie.
Naradan is a stinging critique of the rot that has taken over at the very least a piece of the visible media, which revolves nearly fully round scores.