Hey Ram

Hey Ram

has all the makings of a true epic but the scope remains firmly personal — a history of just one of the fallouts of decolonization more complex than any man can register alone is abridged to fit such reckless solipsism. spectacle is often subdued but there are odd moments of cgi, lighting that turns either romantic or conspiratorial, bursts of violence, and of course an ilaiyaraaja score. but what really provides the scope after all are these gradual subtle and not so subtle changes in kamal's physicality, dangerously close to forgoing his identity entirely for a cause he barely understands, and confirming him as one of the world's most transformative living actors.

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