Dijo Jose Antony’s ‘Jana Gana Mana’ is a well-performed drama (Prithviraj Sukumaran, Suraj Venjaramoodu) about the slipperiness of truth

Posted on May 2, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

The form does not match the powerful content, but this is a very effective and very watchable drama.

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Dijo Jose Antony’s Jana Gana Mana opens with a voiceover that says truth always triumphs. That is what we are taught to believe, right? But is that statement itself true? Because, today, aren’t we surrounded by so many lies and manipulations and so much militant wokeness that the “truth” is no longer tangible. Take the case of a married woman who died while eloping with her lover. The news appears on the last page. Take the case of a college professor who is murdered. That becomes the headline. Both are women. Both are dead. But isn’t there a discrimination being made based on the “assumed character” of the individual? Take another instance. Let’s say we are asked who is likely to be a criminal: a  fair-complexioned, middle-class looking man vs. a dark-skinned, lower-class (and possibly oppressed-class) man? The film includes us in these situations. It points a finger at not just its bad characters but also the audience.

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