Joram – Movie Review

Joram- An impactful story of internal conflicts of the minority communities in India

Movie Title: Joram

Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Rajshri Deshpande, Megha Mathur, Smita Tambe.

Director: Devashish Makhija

Genre: Survival Thriller, Revenge Drama

Rank: 3

Dasru Kerketta (Manoj Bajpayee), an Adivasi and a former Naxalite from Jarkhand, works as a labourer in Mumbai. He lives with his wife Vaano ( Tannishtha Chatterjee) and infant daughter in Joram. All hell breaks loose when Dasru unexpectedly meets Phulo Karma (Smita Tambe). Phulo is a formidable tribal leader seeking revenge for the murder of her son. He was deemed a traitor as he worked as a corrupt dealer of tribal land for the government.

This instills in her a lifelong hatred for tribal community, making her take refuge in politics. Her anger against her people is not satisfied even after turning her village into a mining site in the name of development. So, when Vaano is found dead at their construction site, she finds yet another opportunity to exact her revenge. She pins the blame on Dasru, forcing him to go on the run with his infant daughter. 

Plot of Joram

Devashish Makhija has tried to highlight the internal conflicts of the minority communities in India through the movie. The story also reflects the greed of the power-hungry politicians and the exploitation of the ore-rich forest lands of central India. It also sheds light on the challenges faced by the tribal communities and their oppression not only by those in power within the government but also by self-appointed leaders and well-wishers.

Role Plays in Joram

Manoj Bajpayee wins the hearts of the audiences in his role as Dasru. Smita Tambe is equally impressive as the villainous tribal leader who will go to any length to get what she desires. Mohamad Zeeshan Ayub as the exhausted and reluctant police Ratnakar Bagul has once again proven what makes him a reliable actor. The entire cast has done a wonderful job of bringing alive the struggles, fears, and emotions the movie aims to present.  

Music/Script/Direction of Joram

The subject of the movie might not be new, but how Makhija has presented is exclusive. This edge-of-the-seat thriller keeps the audience hooked without giving them time to breathe. It offers an observation about how innocent individuals become the victims of a system ruled by the corrupt. The background music and sound effects add to the overall outcome ensuring a great cinematic experience.

Final Verdict – Joram

Joram is visually devastating and thought provoking and we at India Café 24 give the movie 3 stars.