This is for those who can enjoy a cocktail of survival stress and drama

Narrative: Thanks to a suddenly announced confinement, David Cherian finds himself in a stressful financial mess. And those who lent him money are pressuring him to pay them back immediately. The nerve-wracking developments push him to an extreme step, and that only “traps” him in a whole lot more chaos.

Review: For each of us, the harsh days of confinement of 2020 could have offered our own mini episodes of survival drama. Nithin Devidas director ‘No Way Out’ star Ramesh Pisharody shows how a man, who finds himself embroiled in an unforeseen financial dilemma during the period, tries to deal with it in his often manic way.

David (Ramesh Pisharody) and Suju (Raveena Nair) are a newlywed couple expecting a baby soon. However, David is knee-deep in debt, having invested a huge sum in a dodgy business deal. As the lockdown is announced, pressure is building all around him with his lender demanding repayment. He doesn’t know how to handle this mess and a moment of weakness makes him try something nasty to escape the situation. Little did he know that what awaited him was a few “naked” hours in his life, which he would never forget.

The buildup of this story to its main incident is something everyone, who has survived the challenges of lockdown, can relate to. It often makes you heave long sighs, probably reminding you of similar episodes that each of us has experienced or heard, during the curfew period. The main character is an impressive effort by Ramesh Pisharody, who brings a sense of authenticity to the man who is caught in such a helpless situation. The film’s biting sequences are aligned with his expressions – a mixture of fear, helplessness and determination – and he presented them well to create a sense of urgency and claustrophobia. It was definitely a huge responsibility for the actor, considering it was just him, mostly, on screen for the duration of this story.

The tension created by the film is sometimes interrupted by elements that could have been removed. For example, one can’t help but wonder why the character needed to have a song, also in Hindi, at a crucial time. The song is good, but its placement at this point doesn’t help the storytelling at all. There are also a few logic flaws, such as the gas burner not being turned off soon enough and the extent to which he “stretched” his legs, during a “balancing act”. Sometimes the BGM also sticks out like a sore thumb. One can also choose to ignore these elements, if his attempts at survival grip you enough. This story is definitely for those who would like to sample a cocktail of stressful lockdown memories, survival drama and a humor expert’s attempt to try something new.


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