★★★★☆

Director Vetrimaaran’s third film is first and foremost about a serious and ongoing problem in Indian civic society, but in the current world climate it’s hard not to draw parallels between the events of Visaaranai and global politics. Inspired by real events, the film explores the breakdown of habeas corpus as lived experience. It is raw, urgent and essential. Pandi (Dinesh) is a homeless Tamil Indian immigrant working in neighbouring state Andhra Pradesh, unable to speak the local language and working 19 hour days at a news stand.

Visaaranai is currently playing as part of the London Asian Film Festival. Check out the rest of the review here.

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