“Comrade in America”… An unfocused drama about a communist in love tries to tackle big issues

Posted on May 7, 2017

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/comrade-in-america-review

Amal Neerad’s previous film, Iyobinte Pusthakam, began with an Emergency-era communist, the narrator. And through this character, we slipped into a Raj-era flashback that showed glimpses of how a prosperous estate owner’s son (the Fahadh Faasil character) began to sow the seeds for a classless society. But the rest of the story had little to do with communism. Red was the dominant colour, all right, but it was more due to all the blood being spilt. The meat of the movie was about the fissures in a family. It was The Brothers Karamazov-meets-King Lear.

Neerad’s follow-up, Comrade in America, aspires to be far more political. It begins with a 199th-birthday wish to Karl Marx. (The film was released on Marx’s birthday, May 5.) It ends with a dedication “to the refugees of the world.” And the story, in between, is about Aji Matthew (Dulquer Salmaan), a staunch communist: even his book of dues at the local street-food seller is titled “Bolivian Diary.” Why? Because the Latin American country is where Che Guevara met his end. The film’s title itself is an homage to the revolutionary, who refuses to die in the movies, but was, in real life, assassinated under orders from the CIA. Guess what Comrade in America acronyms to!

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