Average Critics Rating: 3
Cast: Manchu Manoj Kumar, Anisha Ambrose
Director : Ajay Andrews Nuthakki
Music: Siva R Nandigam
Producer : Laxmikanth
Banner: Padmaja Films
Okkadu Migiladu Story:
Surya(Manoj) leads student agitation as 3 university students get raped. He is held by police. Surya reveals that the victims are refugees and narrates their struggle in Mallaithivu, east of Sri Lanka. Captain Peter again Manoj fights for liberation of Tamils in misery facing horrific atrocities during Sri Lankan civil war. Some refugees escape in a boat to reach India. Their struggle for survival and identity is what is depicted in Okkadu Migiladu.
Movie opens with interrogation of Manoj as student. Cops’ cruelty is showcased. Soon, the story goes into flashback mode. The pulse pounding Sri Lankan war episodes with Manoj as captain Peter are well filmed. Gruesome ordeal of refugees are not for the weak hearts. Several scenes depicting refugees agony may be disturbing for a section of audience. There are umpteen tear-jerking and heart-wrenching scenes in the film.
Sri Lankan civil war during 1990s is nearly recreated. Kudos to the team for their painstaking efforts. Second half portrays how refugees escape through a boat. Their journey and strive for survival is realistically made with loads of emotions. There are several goose-bump moments in the movie. Over melodrama and melancholy may not appeal to entertainment seeking audience.
Okkadu Migiladu Review:
Manoj delivers a power-packed performance. He amazes by showing variations between his two characters though both are intense. His terrific screen presence as captain Peter and aggression in his body language is asset of the film. His powerful dialogue delivery is enough to give the adrenaline rush. Anisha Ambrose has a brief role. The film has several fresh faces except few seasoned actors like Suhasini.
Okkadu Migiladu is intentionally made rustic and raw to retain the essence of the film. The idea seems to be to carry and convey the pathetic conditions and traumatic suffering of refugees to the current generation. Makers truly mentioned it as untold story. The war episodes are made appear realistic. The boat journey that comes in second half is made on par to Hollywood standard and gives audience a floating experience.
Ajay Andrews Nutthaki needs to be appreciated for his honest attempt and execution without subjecting to any commercial deviations.
Cinematography needs special mention. Background score enhances the gloomy feel and depth in the scenes. Director Editing could have been better as the boat episode appears prolonged.
Bottom-line: Honest & Vehement Attempt
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