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Critic’s Rating: 4.0/5

പൃഥ്വിരാജിന്റെ ആക്​ഷൻ ചിത്രം ‘രണം’ തിയറ്ററുകളിലെത്തി. മലയാളിപ്രേക്ഷകർ ഏറെ പ്രതീക്ഷയോടെ കാത്തിരിക്കുന്ന ചിത്രം കൂടിയാണ് രണം. റിലീസ് ചെയ്ത കേന്ദ്രങ്ങളിലെല്ലാം മികച്ച പ്രതികരണമാണ് ലഭിക്കുന്നത്

Story: Aadhi, a drug dealer in Detroit, yearns to live a new life snipping all his underworld connections. Aadhi, who had thought there was no one whom he should care about, is now gripped by a certain fear — the fear of losing his loved ones. The war then begins. Will Aadhi manage to get out of this underworld trap?

Every end brings with it a new beginning. That’s what Aadhi (Prithviraj) believes whenever he reaches a point of no return. He is an orphan but has an uncle called Bhaskar (Nandu). They live in Detroit after leaving their homeland to fulfill their ‘great American dream’. The uncle and nephew get entangled in the nasty gangster business into which they accidentally step in. Now, they deeply desire to get out of this mess, risking the wrath of the mafia.

The duo is peddling Redex, the latest party drug in the city for Damodhar Ratnam (Rahman), a gangster who aspires to be the king of Detroit. As Aadhi, one of his best hit men, expresses his wish to quit the business and leave, he asks his brother Selvam (Ashwin) to find that one thing Aadhi cares for. And Selvam finds it. Suddenly, Aadhi who strongly believed that he had nothing to lose in his life, becomes all worried about his dear ones. He owns up to it and makes it his mission to take them all out of the abyss.

Nirmal Sahadev’s Ranam is a gripping crime drama with a robust story. The tale is well narrated by Prithviraj in his deep husky voice and is backed by Jakes Bejoy’s enigmatic music composition. Everything is rock solid: Perfect cast playing meaty roles who in every shot of the film make their expressions more and more convincing, a story that consistently ups the tension and emotions and holds the audience to it, Jigme Tenzing’s rolling camera and accurate lighting and Srijith Sarang’s smooth and rhythmic editing. All of these conspire to transcend us to the dark world of organised urban crime.

Ranam is a lovable chaos. The protagonist Aadhi is aptly portrayed by Prithviraj. His urban looks and accent give more power to the character. The actor has matured when compared to his gangster role in Lijo Jose Pellissery’s City of God, released in 2011. Rahman is a strong villain who makes Aadhi look even more convincing. Nandu as a helpless dad, Isha Talwar as a confused mother of a hopeless teenager, Ashwin as the trustworthy right hand of his brother, Shyamaprasad as Chandran and the cop who has set out to make Detroit crime-free — all of them have done their bit to make the movie an engaging crime thriller.

That one thing which would stop Ranam from becoming a super hit could be the lingo — the average cine-goers may find it tough to grasp the English dialogues with foreign accent that pops up every now and then in the film. Subtitles could have helped.