Marked by natural settings, the scattered visuals in 'Autorsha' create a sense of casual depiction that becomes a tad serious at a juncture. You get a ringside view of the antics and demeanours of autorickshaw drivers in a town in Kannur. Fragments of incidents from the lives of local people are unfolded when the camera pans across to the street. Meanwhile, one would ponder over the presence of autorickshaw driver Anitha, played by Anusree, in the auto stand as the scenes barely give any details about the character till the second half.
Cinematographer-director Sujith Vaassudev helms this family drama in which Anitha stands as a byword for self-confidence and determination. The past experiences in her life make her a feisty woman with a lot of compassion. The sole focus of the tale is on Anitha's life and her efforts for survival. Even then, scenarist Jayaraj Mithra shies away from presenting a fool-proof story that justifies the resurrection of Anitha from the depths of isolation. There are a host of irrelevant sequences but the scenes in the police station involving Tini Tom as police officer provide lighter moments.
Since Anitha is the centre of attraction, the other space is provided for auto drivers and it pegs the flow of the movie. Rahul Madhav appears as Manoj, who is cunning and fraud. The second innings of Anitha's life shows how she has groomed herself to stand in her own feet in life. Her revenge towards Manoj is kindling even as she behaves pleasantly outwardly. Such a short span of description about Anitha's life in 'Autorsha' makes you pine for more in the plot.
Through the subjective movements of the camera, Sujith goes overboard in his portrayal of the lifestyle of the auto drivers. The drivers, played by a bunch of newcomers, give a notable performance and there is a detailed reference about one of them after his return from the Gulf. Sujith reveals the virtuous side of them when they decide to help this friend.
Sujith defines well Anitha's battle for survival but the luxury of detailing about the lives of autorickshaw drivers soakes the fire that the protagonist bears. Anusree's portrayal of the auto driver has enough clarity and the Kannur slang is an interesting factor, though she has not lent her original voice to the character.
Supporting characters in the film function as irrelevant catalysts that mitigates the whole effect of the plot. Besides the laudable visuals by the director, composer Sharreth has created a couple of hummable songs.
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