Lens film review: Porn with a silver spoon

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Vetri Maaran always has the knack to spot the right talents and introduce them to Kollywood. After Udhayam NH4, Kaakka Muttai, the acclaimed director has yet again given a notable film through his banner Grassroot Films. Yes, we are talking about Lens, directed by independent debut filmmaker Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan.

Aravind, a married man, indulges in the act of voyeurism. He gets a Skype call from an anonymous person, who wants to commit suicide live on the internet. But what happens when Aravind discovers that the woman he was seeing on the website was his own wife? And that’s not even a major revelation.

Remember Gautham Menon’s Yennai Arindhaal? Who would have thought that the man who played Ajith Kumar’s sidekick would one day become a director! Lens is that kind of a film that leaves you with a lump of guilt. What happens when Aravind, a womanizer, and a porn addict, gets entangled in the plan of Yohan, a frustrated young man? While the director Jayaprakash himself plays the role of the womanizer, Yohan’s character is played by Anand Sami. Yohan wants Aravind to be a witness of his suicide, and hence he makes a Skype video call to Aravind. Why does he want to commit suicide and out of so many lakhs of people in the city, why did Yohan choose Aravind? There’s an untold horrifying past, which unfolds as the movie slowly progresses by.

Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan has given one brutally honest film that might impact you in many ways, as it will connect to many of today’s teenagers and youngsters. The film handles a very sensitive subject, and even going slightly beyond the border line, might have backfired the movie. Jayaprakash’s matured way of handling the story and screenplay is notable in that context.

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