Oru Melliya Kodu
(the thin line)
directed by A.M.R. Ramesh
Arjun Sarja as Shakthi
Shaam as Akshay
Manisha Koirala as Maaya
Aqsa Bhatt as Bhoomika (Amurtha)
Seetha as Dr. Brinda
A. M. R. Ramesh as Deva
Mohan's Measure ✳ ✳
Oru Melliya Kodu starts off being a good noir. It has all the elements of a thriller, a missing body, a mysterious suspect, a femme fatale. But, as things progress, it's credibility as a noir, as well as it success as a convincing story, start to unravel.
The reason seems simple. Noir is based on justice, doing the right thing simply because it is the right thing. It is often poetic, existential, not always logical, but always meaningful. As such, the movie slowly progresses through the introduction of complex characters to an equally complex ending.
But, justice, it seems, is an Occidental thing; it is revenge that plagues the amoral Hindu mind, such as it does the characters in this film. Who the revenge belongs to is the question, the object being obvious, the man who did the crime. But, is it possible to catch a man from a crime which the police made him do? Who is guilty, the criminal, or the people who instilled the crime? Such questions are ignored in a movie that wants to make us laugh an evil laugh at the fate of the villain.
We are engaged through this, but at the end leave it to our bad fate.