Comrade in America (CIA)
directed by Amal Neerad
Dulquer Salmaan as Aji Matthew
Chandini Sreedharan as Pallavi
Karthika Muralidharan as Sarah Kurien
Siddique as Mathew
Parvathy as Aji's mother
Soubin Shahir as Joemon
Dileesh Pothan as Hari
Jinu Joseph as Syril
John Vijay as Arul
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The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. - Che Guevara
CIA presents an interesting scenario to those of you who followed the prevailing trade winds and voted for the current Administration. What if the wall that is proposed to be built keeps out not only people from Mexico, but fellow residents of our Motherland?
Mr. Salmaan, as always, provides us with a more than convincing performance as Aji, a impressionable young man aiming to find himself through his imaginary friends, Marx, Lenin, and Guevara. Following the male instinct, he attempts to meet the above quote by falling in love with Sarah, a US raised girl who is studying in Kerala.
The girl is sent back to America by force, and, in classic Indian fashion, the young man must go there to rescue her from an arranged marriage. All else traditional stops there, because the way this young man comes up with is most interesting: travel to Socialist Central America, and get help from his fellow comrades to cross the border into the US.
The satire and deep humanity of this journey is brought to light, as he and his Sri Lankan Tamil mentor must face hardship and catastrophe as they wind their way with a ragtag team of refugees to Texas. What they face seems worth it for the happiness that will soon be theirs - or will it?
Filmed on location along the Mexico/Texas border, the movie both brings a laugh and tear, making both the hero and the audience, in an understated but sincere way, come of age into the realities of life.