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Jana Gana Mana writer on how he deliberately chose to not keep some scenes ‘subtle or realistic’ in Prithviraj's film

The film also stars Suraj Venjaramoodu, Vincy Aloshious and Mamta Mohandas.

  • Shilpa S

Last Updated: 10.03 AM, May 30, 2022

Jana Gana Mana writer on how he deliberately chose to not keep some scenes ‘subtle or realistic’ in Prithviraj's film

Jana Gana Mana did not shy away from posing some important questions to viewers, and the credit for the same goes to writer Sharis Mohammed. Although Sharis received praise for his work on the film, there were some who criticised the writing on some important aspects of it, including a pivotal sequence in a courtroom. The writer set the record straight regarding the same in a recent interview.

In conversation with Cinema Express, Sharis talked about how he had wanted to make a ‘purely cinematic film’. The writer revealed that he was inspired by a quote from Bhagat Singh which said “If the deaf is to hear, the sound has to be very loud”. Sharis believed that to convey a ‘strong topic’, a certain degree of loudness was necessary. “If we had kept it a little subdued or realistic, it wouldn’t have that kind of reach”, he said.

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Coming to the pivotal courtroom scene, Shari remarked how the makers wanted to include the representatives of all the four pillars of democracy in it. As he himself had not seen the inside of a courtroom, he had decided to treat it as a work of ‘pure fiction’, which Shari said he found ‘liberating’.

He said that his aim was not to create a ‘realistic courtroom drama’, and hence had taken creative liberties at times. The writer talked about how they were only committed to conveying their ideas to audiences,which they did.

The political drama starred Prithviraj Sukumaran,Suraj Venjaramoodu, Vincy Aloshious and Mamta Mohandas in pivotal roles. Dijo Jose Antony has directed the film.

Jana Gana Mana will be available to stream on Netflix from June 2, 2022. The film can be streamed in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.

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