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‘Por’ Film Review: Bejoy Nambiar’s Technical Mastery Takes Center Stage in This Battle for Viewer Attention

Bejoy Nambiar’s bilingual film “Por” (titled “Dange” in Hindi) is a thrilling rollercoaster ride, both literally and metaphorically. Similar to the exhilarating experience of a theme park ride, the film takes viewers on a journey filled with highs and lows, accompanied by dazzling visuals and effects. However, unlike a brief thrill at an amusement park, the sense of disorientation lingers long after the ride ends.

The story revolves around college freshman Yuva (played by Kalidas Jayaram), who discovers that his senior, Prabhu (portrayed by Arjun Das), is the cause of a childhood trauma and seeks revenge. Yet, a mere confrontation between two individuals does not constitute a war, as suggested by the film’s title. To escalate the conflict, a variety of characters with their own agendas and histories are introduced, including fellow student Rishika (Sanchana Natarajan) and activist Gayathri (TJ Bhanu), along with several secondary and tertiary characters.

The world depicted in “Por” may be likened to a post-apocalyptic setting, where rules are nonexistent, and authority figures hold little sway. Students engage in activities beyond the realm of academics, indulging in substances more readily available than the college canteen’s ginger tea. The narrative unfolds in a chaotic environment where young adults prioritize leisure over education, with minimal focus on academic pursuits.

Despite the film’s promising premise and visually striking aesthetics, its execution falls short in some aspects. While the technical aspects, including cinematography and editing, are commendable, the core narrative feels underwhelming. Subplots intended to enrich the storyline often feel disconnected and fail to contribute meaningfully to the overarching plot.

Although “Por” boasts strong performances from its lead actors and pays homage to director Bejoy Nambiar’s mentor, Mani Ratnam, through subtle references, it ultimately struggles to weave its various elements into a cohesive narrative. The film’s stylistic flair cannot fully compensate for its lack of substance, resulting in a predictable and disjointed viewing experience.

“Por” is currently screening in theaters, offering audiences a visually captivating yet flawed cinematic experience.