To me, personally, Kollywood movies are vexatious—as it predominantly spins around entertainment. In the case of Lens, director, Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan did baffle me with the naive plot and genre.
The digital world has engulfed the reality to a whole new level, including, abducting a person through the digital space. The psychothriller film, Lens, narrates voyeurism and the snags of being a slave to such acts. Though the movie did not have the mainstream actors, it does leave an impression in everyone’s mind.
A married and IT employee, Aravind, a voyeurist, receives a call on Skype from an anonymous person who wants to commit suicide and forces Aravind to watch his death live on Skype. As they continue Skyping, Aravind assumes he had been in a virtual relationship with his own wife which is the trick used by the anonymous man, Yohan.
Cast: Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan, Anand Sami, Aswathi Lal and Misha Ghoshal
Director & Writer: Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan
A picture of a woman and a child is shown, indicates that Aravindan (Jayaprakash) is married and has a child. Annoyed with what’s happening, the wife approaches Aravindan’s room in the dead of the hour and the door read, “Knock the door.” On asking what he is doing, he shoos her off by saying he is working with US clients.
But, Aravindan is Skyping with his virtual girlfriend, Julie, with his pants lying on the floor with Salman Khan’s mask on his face. Bewildering, right? The director creates a twist in his character by establishing certain truths about Aravindan.
Next day, Aravindan receives a friend request from a woman on Facebook. She wants to chat with him on Skype, to which he agrees. Impatiently, he shuts all the doors, logs in on Skype and puts his mask on. To his surprise, it was a man in the name of a woman.
The man on Skype, Yohan (Anand Sami), forces Aravindan to be the witness of his death as that is his last wish. The weird approach made Aravindan disconnect the call and after few hours he received the video of the Skype chat that he had with Julie. With a sense of fear in his gut, he calls back and Yohan disconnects. Eventually, Yohan connects with Aravindan on Skype.
As they continue talking, Aravindan finds that Yohan has physically abused his wife, Swathi (Misha Goshal) and reports to police with the help of his friend. The cops then take efforts to trace Yohan with his picture and mobile number. In the meantime, Yohan reminds of the incident that harassed mentally him and his newly-wed wife which ended up in his wife, Angel committing suicide. In the process, he made Aravindan accept and confess the truth that he had uploaded the video from a pen drive that he found in some public place.
In the meantime, Yohan reminds of the incident that harassed mentally him and his newly-wed wife which ended up in his wife, Angel (Ashwathi Lal) committing suicide. In the process, he made Aravindan accept and confess the truth that he had uploaded the video from a pen drive that he found in some public place.
Yohan makes Aravindan watch his death and also releases the conclusion of the video on YouTube that has Angel’s death, torture of the plumber who had installed a secret camera in Yohan’s room and Aravind’s confession.
With every one of us becoming addict to the digital era, the line between public life and private life is diminishing every single day which has been beautifully portrayed by the director. The effects of cyber crimes is harsh which is shown as it should be with effective dialogues.