Review by : Suresh
S. Karan, Sugandha Ram, Saritha, Karunas, Shyam Sundar, Soumya Sadanand, Vikram Chakravarti
Mubina Rattonsey, Santhosh Sivan
The travels of Sri Lankan Tamils caught in the civil war in the island nation have been taken up in umpteen number of movies. Some have been controversial, while some took sides.
Now cinematographer-filmmaker Santosh Sivan has come up with one of his own, about a 20-year-old girl Rajini (Sunanda), who crossed the sea and came to seek refuge in Tamilnadu. The film explores the turmoil of similar teenaged orphans, as they try to survive amid gun battles around them.
Inam zooms into a 'family' where people without any kin live - an orphanage. Theirs is a small world that oscillates between emotions ranging from love and kindness to hatred and revenge.
Recreating war-torn zones of the neighbouring nation, the explosions, gun battle and chases is not an easy task. Known for his exemplary work in the past, Santosh Sivan makes it possible in Inam.
The film has in its cast an actor with Down's Syndrome and Inam is mainly told through his perspective. Karan, a teenager does a good job. He goes around in search of his brother, who has joined the rebels. Veteran actress Saritha is 'Tsunami Akka', who runs the orphanage. She is also a victim and tries to help children who are orphaned by the war.
Karunas as Stanley, a school teacher, gives his best. Shyam Sunder, M K Vijayan, Janaki, Vikram Chakkravarthy and Soumya Sadanandan are also part of the cast.
Making a movie on real-life incidents is a daunting task. Specially when it touches a controversial issue, one has to be doubly careful. Inam is Santosh Sivan's acid test. He seems to have passed it well. There is agony, anger, frustration and revenge even in hearts of the young children. But they have not lost their innocence.
Santosh Sivan manages to find a middle point between these emotions among children in war-torn regions of Sri Lanka. What begins as an emotional journey of a young girl who crossed the seas with hope for a better life, slowly settles drown as docu-drama. But Santosh Sivan's camera captures the natural beauty of the region and also the devastation due to the war in an exemplary manner.
Aided well by Vishal Chandrasekhar's background score and tight editing by Suresh, Inam ends up as a film that chokes you when you leave the cinema hall.
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