Abhirami Review: A Film That Informs Better Than It Entertains

Abhirami is a story about Abhirami, a young woman who lives in Dubai working as a nurse. She is very active on social media platforms, and one day, becomes famous after a social media post of hers goes viral online. The rest of the film explores Abhirami's journey after her sudden social media fame.

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?Abhirami

Critic's Ratings

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2.5

Drama

Release Date

Jun 7, 2024

Duration

1 hr 47 mins
Abhirami Review A Film That Informs Better Than It Entertains
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About ?Abhirami

Technical

Abhirami, directed by Mushthaque Rahman Kariyaden, and written by Vaheed Zaman, tries to narrate an engaging story that seeks to inform as well as entertain, but ends up doing more of the former. The audience is shown multiple perspectives into the world of social media fame, and how PR firms function in manufacturing trends and opinions, which is interesting. The story is narrated through the life of its protagonist, and it does take some alarmist stands, maybe for the dramatic element in the film, when it comes to informing the audience regarding the world of social media influencers. However, the story does end on a feel good note. Cinematography by Shihab Ongallur has showcased Dubai and its urban life. Editing by Naveen P Vijayan has kept the narrative crisp with a run-time that does not waste time on frills. Music by Sibu Sukumaran supports the narration.

Performance

Gayathri Suresh, who plays the titular protagonist, has delivered a convincing performance as a young woman who, at first gets caught up in the daze of social media influence, and later progresses through different facets of what it could do to her life. The characters have a sense of relatability even though many may not relate to a Dubai setting. Other notable performances in the film include Harikrishnan, Roshan Basheer, Ameya Mathew, Sreekanth Murali, who have played their parts well.

Verdict

Abhirami is a novel attempt at telling a story that can inform as well as entertain. Although the narration does tend to take a surface-level or alarmist view of the issue at times, the film is worth a watch for its premise, and what it's trying to draw your attention to.
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