Vikruthi Malayalam Movie Review
Inspired by a real-life incident, newbie director Emcy Joseph's 'Vikruthi' asserts the fact that social media is a double-edged sword. The film narrates how a post that appears on social media networks changes the life of an ordinary man when it goes viral. It's an eye-opener for those who use social media platforms sans any discretion and commonsense. Written by Ajeesh P Thomas, the conflict in the film equally haunts the perpetrator and the victim. An innocuous act turns out to be creating mental agony for two families.
At first, we are introduced to the family of Eldho (Suraj Venjaramoodu). He and his wife Elsy (Surabhi Lakshmi) are hearing impaired people, who lead a peaceful and happy life along with their daughter, and son Basil (Nebeesh Benson). The narration is interspersed with the lives of Eldho and Sameer (Soubin Shahir), who comes home for vacation from Sharjah. Sameer is busy with the preparations of his marriage with Zeenath (Vincy Aloshious).
Suraj hogs the attention with his powerful and convincing portrayal of Eldho, who is a peon in a private school. The actor effortlessly translates the pain and embarrassment suffered by a 'social media victim.' Soubin is equally good in his role, albeit, emotionally, there is not much depth for the character like Eldho's. Vincy does not show any fluctuations in her performance despite being a debutant.
It succinctly shows how a man is ridiculed and harassed by society as a social media post about him goes viral. No one cares for tracing veracity of the post. A relevant theme in this age, the true events are treated with sincerity, triggering room for our self-introspection. A simple creation that makes necessary and apt impact among viewers.
Since the nub of the tale is related to a real incident, which is familiar to all, the outcome of the plot seldom appears as a task difficult to predict. This is the sole negative point related to 'Vikruthi.' Yet, Emcy never dilutes the tale with cinematic fripperies to extend the proceedings.
There are hardly any forced attempts to educate the social folks here, but surely, one would rethink about the aftermaths of innocuous photographs or selfies. Simplicity and realism are very much there in the narration; both appear in a mirror that is holding against social media predators. Alby's visuals and Bijibal's music elevate the whole milieu of the film.
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