Prithviraj comes across as articulate and sorted with a rational bent of mind whenever he speaks to the media. So, we expect a certain standard in the projects he agrees to do but some of his choices do surprise or even shock us. His Onam release Adam Joan is of the latter category. Directed by Jinu V Abraham, (the writer of Masters (2012) and London Bridge (2014), who is wielding the megaphone for the first time) it tells the story of Adam (Prithviraj), a recluse planter who had dreamt of creating an Eden-like garden for himself and his family.
The tale begins with him calling his brother Unni (Rahul Madhav), who is residing in Scotland with his wife, child and mother to say that he is in France and will be coming to see him soon. We realise that the relationship between the brothers is not great from the reaction of his wife Shweta (Bhavana). The screenplay has a non-linear format in the beginning, so we are kept in suspense for the first half of the film wondering what may have transpired between the family members. Meanwhile, we get to see the child being abducted by a few armed men and her grandmother is killed when she makes an attempt to save the child.
Adam appears on the scene at his mother’s funeral and asks his sibling: who might be behind such an incident? Then the story slowly unfolds before us. Adam was a young man of unusual temperament, who got married very late in life and his wife got pregnant soon after. She died during childbirth so he goes back to Kerala leaving his daughter behind, who is then adopted by Unni. Now, Adam is guilt-ridden for abandoning his daughter at such a young age and makes it his mission to find out what has happened to her. We get to know that the kidnapping of children is not an uncommon crime in Scotland, they are used by begging rackets, pedophiles and even as human sacrifice by Satan worshippers! After some pondering Adam and his friend Cyriac (Narain) come to the conclusion that the child was kidnapped by Satan worshippers. So, Adam spends the rest of the film following someone or the other on a Harley Davidson.
This film, promoted as an emotional thriller, leaves you passive. All the actors just keep sombre faces. The term ‘suspension of disbelief’ has been stretched too far. And, as if to justify it, Cyriac muses about Scotland “no wonder J. K. Rowling finished writing the Harry Potter series sitting somewhere here, this place does make one’s imagination go wild”.
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