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Rebel (2024)

UA 150 min - Drama - 22 March 2024
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Students who study in the town and how they are affected by the politics unfolding in the institution

Director:  Nikesh . Rs
Writers:  Nikesh . Rs

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Students who study in the town and how they are affected by the politics unfolding in the institution


Tagline: When Oppression Ignites Resilience

Genres: Drama

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Official Website:  https://bccb.tv/
Country:   India
Language:  Tamil
Release Date:  22 March 2024

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Production Companies:  Studio Green

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Runtime:  2 h 30 min
Viewers Rating: 5/5 - (5 votes)

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The movie “Rebel,” which is available in Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu, is certified U/A with a runtime of 141 minutes. It is scheduled for a theatrical release on March 22, 2024, and will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video starting April 6, 2024.

Movie Review

Rebel, set in the early 1980s, portrays the struggle and retaliation of two Tamil students from Munnar who face oppression and bullying upon their admission to a college in Palakkad. The film’s core message is about emancipation, focusing on how the oppressed stand up against their oppressors. At Chittur College in Palakkad, Tamil students make up 25% of the student population and are viewed as inferior by the Malayali students, who exploit them for political gains.

Based on true events, Rebel attempts to tell a heart-rending story of the bullying and oppression faced by Tamil students in Kerala. However, the film falls short in its execution, particularly in the characterization of the antagonists, which comes across as superficial and lacking depth. The narrative relies heavily on cliches, with the protagonist Kathir (GV Prakash Kumar) fighting for justice in a series of predictable and exaggerated scenes.

The film opens with Tamil students being segregated into the B Hostel with limited facilities, highlighting the discrimination they face. The portrayal of the college chairman as a caricatured villain with an evil laugh and crude actions detracts from the seriousness of the issue. This over-the-top depiction prevents the audience from taking the antagonists seriously.

On a positive note, Rebel is a commercial film that intertwines multiple states and languages, set predominantly in Kerala with a significant portion of the dialogue in Malayalam. This aspect, reminiscent of Manjummel Boys, could inspire more filmmakers to create stories that transcend language barriers. The inclusion of Tamil and Malayalam classic songs adds a nostalgic touch, although they sometimes feel out of place for a film set in the 1980s.

The cast delivers commendable performances, despite GV Prakash Kumar missing the mark in a crucial breakdown scene. Mamitha Baiju shines in her limited role, while Karunas, playing a professor, stands out with a well-crafted character that adds depth to the narrative.

In summary, Rebel tells an important story of oppression and retaliation but does so with a heavy reliance on cliches and superficial characterizations. While it succeeds in highlighting the plight of Tamil students and their struggle for justice, it falls short of delivering a nuanced and impactful narrative.