“Lens”… A thriller, plus a gripping meditation on the evil that men do

Posted on May 11, 2017

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Spoilers ahead…

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

For a while, Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan’s Lens makes you think it’s one of those Se7en-like thrillers featuring a bald villain with a God complex. This one (Anandsami) keeps speaking of Satan, but he possesses godlike omnipotence – he sees everything, knows everything, controls everything. His name is Yohan, which may be a dry joke. The name means “God is merciful” – this Yohan seems anything but. (And God certainly hasn’t been merciful to him.) A few scenes into the film, we discover he’s drugged a woman into a deep sleep. He says, “Ellaarukkum indha thookam kedacha indha ulagame amaidhiya irukkum.” If everyone slept this soundly, the world would be a peaceful place.

The line has to do with Yohan’s yearning. He’s troubled – he could use some sound sleep himself. The line also hints at Arvind’s (Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan) sleepless nights, which end up shattering his peace. His wife Swati (Misha Ghoshal) thinks he’s on calls with clients in the US. But the first time we see him, he’s wearing a Salman Khan mask and video-chatting with someone named Julie. What are they talking about? Let’s just say his boxers are by his feet.

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