Movie Review : Captain Miller


Dhanush - Analeesan / Miller 

Dr. Shiva Rajkumar - Sengolan

Priyanka Mohan - Velmathi 

Sundeep Kishan - Rafi

Elango Kumaravel - Kannaiya 

Nivedhithaa Satish - Thenpasiyar 

Aditi Balan - Shakunthala

Vinoth Kishan - Daniel Muthuswamy 

Abdool Lee - Semmbattai / Stephen

Viji Chandrasekhar - Pechamma

John Kokken - Senathipathi 

Jayaprakash - Rajathipathi 

Pintu Pandu - Kali

Rajarishi - Kaangai Karuppu 

Kaali Venkat - Kanagasabai

Asuran J.K. - Vincent Pillai

Swayamsiddha Das - Anusuya

Bose Venkat - Oththaikan Kollaiyan 

Arunodhayan - Ayyavoo

Swathy Krishnan - Kuyili 

Antony - Aandiappan 

Aishwarya Ragupathi - Raakkaayi

Edward Sonnenblick - Andrew Wandy 

Ashwin Kumar - James

Alexx O’Nell - Riley 

Mark Bennington - General Buller 

David Harrison - Thomas

Murugan - Mannaangatti

Ashraf Mallissery - Chetta / Ollaka 

Stunt Ganesan - Odukku

The much awaited Dhanush starrer Captain Miller, directed by Arun Matheswaran, hit theatres for the  Pongal weekend on January 12th.

The film takes us back to the early 20th century India, under British Rule.  Analseelen (Dhanush) leaves his village and in search of getting a better identity, joins the military under the Brits and adopts the name of Miller. But to his horror his first assignment is to kill freedom fighters protesting peacefully. This scars him further when he is told his brother Sengolan ( Dr Shiva Rajkumar) was amongst them. Disillusioned by the cruelty of the British against his own people, he then becomes a forest brigand, joining a group of dacoits led by Kannaiya (Kumaravel).

As luck would have it,  he returns to his own village again, due to an assignment by the local raja to loot a diety forcefully taken away by the British. 

And it's then that he is forced to face his past and revisit  painful events. Does Miller succeed in getting the diety back? Who is diety and how is it connected with Miller's life? Does he survive the revengeful onslaught of the Brits? 

The performance of Dhanush is outstanding. He lives the character, taking us through his journey every step of the way,  every raw emotion conveyed superbly. He shines even more in the action sequences, be it combat or gun fights. Gruesome, raw and real, Dhanush brings to life his character's every emotion and seems to have put his heart and soul into it. 

The cast is well chosen. Priyanka and Nivethithaa are superb in their roles which bring out the strong side of women.  Their dialogues and performances leave a mark . John Kokken  though aptly cast in a key role, but  not been given much to do,  shines in bringing out the core of his character,  especially near the climax. Dr Shiva Rajkumar, as always, makes his presence felt, with a lengthier act in the second half. 

The bgm by G V Prakash is  a highlight, knitting together instruments and sounds that carry you on the rising and falling waves of emotions and action on screen. Silences are also used effectively, giving time for viewers to absorb the emotions.

The art, costume and camera department deserve mention for recreations of the period which draw us into their world.

On the flip side the gun fights can get a tad tiresome on repeat mode. The violence especially towards the climax  on a big scale, though dramatic in effect, is not for the faint hearted. The film could do with a few cuts for a crisper feel.

But Arun successfully  transports you to a different era  and keeps you engrossed in the lives of the characters and peels off the layers in a slow and steady manner, and therein lies the film's strength.

The interval block and the climax portions are to watch out for. An engrossing film with a  gripping screenplay and raw performances, for Dhanush, yet another award worthy performance.

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