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Arrogant

A drama that delves into racism and prejudice.
1/5

Review

Written and directed by Karthypan Pathmarajah, ‘Arrogant’ is a short drama film that delves into racial and class-based discrimination. Based on real events, the narrative explores the one-sided conflict between Manoj (portrayed by Samar), a young Indian man, and his hostile in-laws. Karthypan Pathmarajah co-stars as the father of Bhanu (Sheryline) and Manoj’s future father-in-law. Adithya Deva completes the cast as Bhanu’s uncle. ‘Arrogant’ is jampacked with unforeseen farcical chaos, which viewers may find off-putting.

As Manoj and Bhanu visit the latter’s father and uncle, pandemonium breaks out when Manoj reveals his job and salary. Without spoiling the concluding narrative, the film tackles profound racism and prejudice which is certain to startle the audience.

Despite the film’s praiseworthy intensions, the narrative and technicity are dreadfully orchestrated. The overall plot is untimely and rushed, with flawed characterization throughout. The dialogue, which is produced in the Tamil language (with English subtitles), lacks authenticity and sincerity – and at times comes across comical.

The cinematography is of a reasonable standard, but is torn down by an inappropriate post-production technique – a cinematic-style 35-mm film filter – which is completely unnecessary. Sound is equally inadequate. The cast performances are also frustratingly weak and ill-judged. A film that is based on a harrowing true event deserves high craftmanship and respect – ‘Arrogant’ does the opposite. A bitter watch.

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Arrogant

A drama that delves into racism and prejudice.
1/5

Review

Written and directed by Karthypan Pathmarajah, ‘Arrogant’ is a short drama film that delves into racial and class-based discrimination. Based on real events, the narrative explores the one-sided conflict between Manoj (portrayed by Samar), a young Indian man, and his hostile in-laws. Karthypan Pathmarajah co-stars as the father of Bhanu (Sheryline) and Manoj’s future father-in-law. Adithya Deva completes the cast as Bhanu’s uncle. ‘Arrogant’ is jampacked with unforeseen farcical chaos, which viewers may find off-putting.

As Manoj and Bhanu visit the latter’s father and uncle, pandemonium breaks out when Manoj reveals his job and salary. Without spoiling the concluding narrative, the film tackles profound racism and prejudice which is certain to startle the audience.

Despite the film’s praiseworthy intensions, the narrative and technicity are dreadfully orchestrated. The overall plot is untimely and rushed, with flawed characterization throughout. The dialogue, which is produced in the Tamil language (with English subtitles), lacks authenticity and sincerity – and at times comes across comical.

The cinematography is of a reasonable standard, but is torn down by an inappropriate post-production technique – a cinematic-style 35-mm film filter – which is completely unnecessary. Sound is equally inadequate. The cast performances are also frustratingly weak and ill-judged. A film that is based on a harrowing true event deserves high craftmanship and respect – ‘Arrogant’ does the opposite. A bitter watch.

Arrogant Short Film

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Runtime: 8 min
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