‘Okkadu Migiladu’ movie review:
Movie Name: Okkadu Migiladu
Movie Cast: Manchu Manoj, Anisha Ambrose, Milind Gunaji, Posani
Director: Ajay Andrews
Music Director: Siva R Nandigam
Production: SN Reddy
From the last decade or so, most of the Indian films have linked themselves with controversies. And interestingly, few production houses and directors choose subjects that stir controversies after the film’s release. Many films that have been produced on those lines are still ‘yet to be released’. One such film is ‘Kutrapathrikai,’ a Tamil film that attempted to thread the facts around the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. The film directed by R.K. Selvamani in 1991 released in 2007 after the Censor Board stopped its release for over 13 years.
Even the upcoming Bollywood flick ‘Padmavathi’ under the direction of Sanjay Leela Bansali is mired with controversies. It’s really surprising that, Manchu Manoj starrer ‘Okkadu Migiladu,’ has released without any such controversies. The film is based on LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.
Police officials are seen interrogating a student leader in a jail. The student leader (Manoj) associates him with the problems going in the society. Along with other students, he takes the responsibility of ‘cleansing’ the society on to his shoulders. He raises his voice against the social evils and often gets into trouble. The police try to find out about the whereabouts of the student leader after his relentless struggle against the evil in the society surprise them. The flashback begins with the life of LTTE Prabhakaran (Manoj), his life and how the student leader is related to the LTTE leader.
From the outset, it would be clear that the director Ajay Andrews believes that a ‘film’ can be used as a medium to even inspire the audience. ‘Okkadu Migiladu’ can be considered as an extension to his previous film ‘Ravana Desam’ (2013) which depicted the hostile environment that prevailed in Sri Lanka in 2009. Coming from a family of freedom fighters, Ajay has shown how an individual would behave when his existence is threatened. The director’s mettle is clearly seen with the interval episode. The film’s script rightly blends with the repercussions that arise out of ‘Dominance’. He manages to hold the intensity from the first frame to the end.
The fight sequence between Sri Lankan Army and Manoj is ought to be the highlight of the film. In the second half, the director is successful in presenting the situations prevailing in Sri Lankan during the period in an intense, subtle and emotional manner. The dialogues can be noted for their depth. It would be interesting to see to what extent the common man connects with this film.
Manoj’s transformation from an ‘easy-go’ guy to ‘responsible’ is sure because of this film. As a hero, one can clearly note his uproar in the film. His body language, dialogue delivery and the intensity he shows in his characters is outstanding. Even the director excelled as an actor in his role. The cinematography is nothing short of sheer brilliance.
The Story and script
Direction and Camera
Back Ground Music
Telugu Bullet Rating: 3.25/5
Telugubullet punch line: ‘Okkadu Migiladu’, a thought-provoking intense film!