Tharun Moorthy’s ‘Operation Java’ (on ZEE5) is a beautifully written thriller woven around two newbie cyber-cell workers

Posted on May 20, 2021


Spoilers ahead…


The spotlight of Operation Java is on Anthony George (Balu Varghese) and Vinaya Dasan (Lukman). They are youngsters with a fantastic education; and they are great with computers. Computers are their thing. But they have been unable to get a job and so they’re out to just prove something to the world (if not the world, at least to themselves). They need to show that they are not as worthless as the people around them seem to think that they are. 

So, they hang around a cyber cell of the Kerala State Police Department. We get a series of cases and each one is about a cyber crime. It’s like a multi-episode binge watch, very similar to the series Law and Order, where, in each episode, a crime is committed and solved by detectives who jump in and track clues to find the killer. 

All these cases are lent a uniform, yet different, look by the cinematographer Faiz Siddik. It’s not easy to make five very different cases kind of look similar in and a two-and-a-half hour film. Editor Nishadh Yusuf also does a marvelous job of balancing the sharp cuts with long moments when emotions need to linger. 

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