Survi Review: Sri Muni’s Lanka (2017)

Starcast: Raasi, Sai Ronak, Ena Saha, Satyam Rajesh, Supreeth, Shiju, Satya Akkala and Sudhershan
Music Composed by Saicharan Pakala
Cinematography by V Ravikumar
Directed by Sri Muni (Aka. S S Nivas)

A small subset of the thriller genre has been receiving a lot of critical praise recently and it’s made up of psychological disorders. 2015’s Nenokkadine, a man suffering from integrated disorder and in search for his parents, is probably the most famous of the recent bunch.

Lanka by Sri Muni (Husband of actress Raasi) is 2017’s entrant to this subset after Ashok’s Chitrangadha. A single mother Rebecca Williams (Raasi), plagued by the violent suicide of her husband and brutal murder of kids. Slowly, she develops a skill to control and undergo schizophrenia with Telepathy, in which she can imagine and stay with her kids. (DARK Right!) At this time, ‘National Award’ Winning actress Swathi (Ena Saha) enters into her life as a girl, who needs affection and process to get over Monophobic fears. As she starts understanding Swathi with her Telepathic powers, she starts understanding the past trembling of Swathi due to a trafficker, Sharath (Sijju).

The story of the movie had an interesting concept of Telepathy. The theory that talks about brain power and the wonders you can do with that. The major issue here is the concept does not support the simplistic narration. You need to be as creative as possible with the sequences and let them sync into the audience with each scenes building to the next level of complexity. But the narration tries to induce as much high concept-ive elements that doesn’t completely make enough practical sense but theoretically they’re brilliant and feasible too. Can you believe that without trying to talk you can communicate your thought to another person? That’s what Telepathy suggests and boldly predicts that it is best way of communicating once grief and emotions. Such unique and high concept needs lot more understanding.

Director Sri Muni being a writer addresses complex problems like Monophobia and brings out perfect sync between lonely persons fearful dreams and actuality. After this he even tries to use mythology by creating characters that follow a path as well. What if Rama committed suicide instead of Seetha that their happy life has been disrupted? What if Seetha who in forced Vanaprastha lives with her kids, has to create an image of them like how Rama did before finally meeting Lava Kusa? These are thoughts that the director tries to imbibe in the narration. In Ramayana, Hanuman is the helper and Lakshman becomes the prodigal son of Rama. Similarly in this movie, young short filmmaker becomes Hanuman and actress Swathi becomes prodigal daughter of modern Seetha, Rebecca. Well, one tend to not look at the story in that way as the execution falters with heavy cleavage shots. Had director brought in the narrator in him to the forefront and skipped the unnecessary elements, he seriously could have delivered a memorable film for the concepts he touched.

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