Director: Raju Murugan
Cabinet: Jiva, Natasha Singh, Lal Jose and Sunny Wayne
Raju Murugan’s gypsy film, which was finally released after a long struggle with the censorship authorities, is not a bad film. It bites more than it can chew and is therefore not as effective as it would have been if it hadn’t been everywhere.
When Raju Murugan made his directorial debut with Cuckoo a few years ago, he made one thing clear: he wants to use film as a means to achieve great goals. The second Joker film, which received the National Prize, made a strong impression as a director with a strong voice. Unfortunately, this voice does not resonate strongly with the gypsy woman, who tries to create a moving drama about love and peace against a backdrop of general rebellion.
In the middle of the plot – a man named Gypsy (played by Dzhiva), a wandering musician born in an interreligious couple but raised by a man without religion. A gypsy woman falls in love with Wahida (Natasha Singh), who comes from an orthodox Muslim family. In contrast to the dominant romanticism, Raju Murugan does not treat the scene between the gypsies and Wahid with great visual effects, but beautifully captures the feelings they have for each other in quieter moments. A gypsy travels the country on his horse, Che. In one of the underrated scenes of the film, Wahida decides to walk away with the gypsies, but they are not seen in slow motion.
This is not the story of a grandiose novel, but a story that underlines the need for freedom. We will never see gypsies and Wahid burning with passion for each other, and that makes a deal between them different. The gypsy film is not only a romantic drama, because it also makes grand statements about the need for harmony, but because the film deals with subjects such as religious fanaticism and modern political scenarios, it is difficult to be eloquent. It is sometimes difficult and boring, especially if it is a path associated with public disorder. Because the film tries to pack too much luggage, as a viewer you don’t quite understand its sole purpose.
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Despite the fact that the gypsy has many problems, he is led by Jiv, who is incredibly serious in his speech. Tsiiva, one of the underestimated actors of Tamil cinema, once again proves his versatility in this difficult role. Debutante Natasha Singh is a promising discovery. She breathes an inexplicable despair in her Wahidu character without saying much on screen. As she walks away with the gypsy the day before her nickname, she finds time to accept that she is finally free, and her transformation from Wahida to gypsy is beautifully portrayed in the picture.
A gypsy film is a powerful film, but it doesn’t quite work. There are some very interesting subgroups, but they all get lost in the big picture.