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There is no dearth of police films in Tamil cinema. The films have stereotyped the police department in many ways. The protagonists in Tamil police films are either upright, keen on protecting the law by all means or they are evil manifestations ready to beat the innocents to pulp.  In some cases, they are caricatures

Writer follows closely on the heels of Jai Bhim that speaks about police excesses. For a change Writer speaks about the plight of policemen inside the system. Films don’t usually create a revolution but a change of heart is what they hope to achieve. For that the storyline of the film should be strong enough.

Writer speaks about the plight of policemen inside the system.

Cinema has certain limitations especially when it comes to stories on government machinery such as defense, police and intelligence. Writer is one such movie which speaks about the nuances of the department from within.

Writer is trending on social media. In movies like Singam and Siruthai, protagonists playing police officers are hailed for their action sequences. On the contrary, police in movies like Jai Bhim, Visaranai are detested for their excesses. Some movies like Kuruthipunal hail them for their sacrifices. Writer, for a change, attempts to portray police hierarchies.

The role of a writer in a police station does not stop with recording information. He is a crucial link connecting the department’s actions with the accused.  Police stations might be located in different geographical locations. The mindsets of the writers may differ based on these locations but they have a pattern of working which is uniform across the stations. A

The film revolves around exploitation of policemen by the system

writer will have the ability to pick the missing details in a case. A writer will be able to sense if the accused is hiding facts.Tamil cinemas in the past have portrayed writers in small roles. Often they are portrayed as the police station’s brains. The writer character in this movie is presented with more depth. The character believes that he has never misused power. He is shown as having the skill to solve cases and add vital information that seals the fate of culprits. The story revolves around this character when it is haunted by guilt.

From the usual story line of police protecting people, Writer gives a new perspective of police trying to protect themselves from the system that exploits them.

The protagonist is trying to form an association for police personnel. From the usual story line of police protecting people, Writer gives a new perspective of police trying to protect themselves from the system that exploits them. The movie talks about the pending reforms in the department.

The movie shows light on the work pressure the personnel undergo and the pressure leading them to suicides. It touches upon the deaths of RTI activists which don’t attract attention otherwise. It speaks about the exploitation by senior officials of subordinates.

DSP Vishnupriya’s picture is shown when the movie discusses police officials dying of suicide. Iniya plays the role of constable Saranya willing to join the mounted police. Harikrishnan plays the role of Devakumar. Folks on social media have compared Devakumar with Ramkumar, the accused in the Swathi murder case.

The movie is rich with indirect references. The plot makes the viewers think and this is the movie’s success. The police station functions similarly everywhere. The attitude of higher officials played by Bose Venkat and Kavin Jayababu are also typical.  The movie exposes the authoritarianism intrinsic to the police department. Writer succeeds because it narrates the everyday struggles of ordinary policemen in the system.


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