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April 2: The date of reckoning for ‘The Guilty’, a film by Jamshedpur’s Saurav Suman Jha

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Jamshedpur, March 21: Proving crime entails segmented legal processes and if a suspect is judged as perpetrator of a crime, punishment is inevitable. At first, the theme of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s critically hailed masterpiece, ‘Crime and Punishment’ pushes the edges of consideration in evaluating crime and criminals but the guilt factor is almost synonymous in the engineers of crime.

Alfred Hitchcock made penetrative mental forays in his crime dramas that made his style of celluloid narrative a benchmark in filmmaking. Devoted filmmakers who may or may not be of this genre have nonetheless offered equally intriguing delights to capture the attention of connoisseurs and addicts of the medium. Young movie director whose earlier big budget Bhojpuri movie turned heads and hit the blockbuster charts, ‘Gangster Dulhania’ has come up with ‘The Guilty’ that concentrates on the almost foolproof methods of executing crime. Stating further would negate the suspense factor from the combined effort of the cast and crew.

However, it may be stated that the narrative is thrill-based. In a snap chat with director Saurav ‘Zen’ Suman Jha, he just said, “It is how the film’s lead character executes murders with different plans behind each crime. That in fact is the focus of this movie.”

Mera TV is an indigenous OTT platform aimed at promoting local talents in every segment of filmmaking in the short and feature realms. ‘The Guilty’ will be launched on Mera TV OTT platform on Friday, April 2 for judgment.

The lead role in ‘The Guilty’ is being played by Dhruv who shot to fame while beingb adjudged the Second Runner-up in Mr India Worldwide in 2014 and then again appeared as a competitor in ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ in 2018 when he pocketed a cheque of Rs 50 lakh from Star of the Millennium, Amitabh Bachchan. His cool, suave performance as the killer will leave an indelible mark on the mind of viewers.

The lead female actor Shikha Swarup who was adjudged the Best Female Actor of Ranchi and who played important roles in movies like ‘Ilaka Kishoriganj’ and acclaimed director Prakash Jha’s ‘Pariksha’ has also given a very sensitive performance. Jamshedpur’s promising young and bold actor Sanjoy Dutta too has essayed another pivotal character while the same could be asserted in the case of Harprit Mehra who made performing seem so natural.

Cinematographer Solomon Das is an old master in his craft and a big asset to the director in story unfolding. Along with Solomon Das is the dexterous Pratyush Raj who has added glitter to the taut visuals. Slick editing by Baban Sen has ensured that audiences of ‘The Guilty’ do not breathe easy. The very creative director Saurav Suman Jha has been ably assisted in this directorial venture by Sailu Mahto and Priya Singh. Production controller of the film is the Able Amarnath while the graphics have been created at GR* Design.

The success of this movie will definitely have a propelling effect on Jharkhand’s creative youth who dream big on celluloid creativity. The lockdown had seen retardation in the creative avenue and this is the first, big, bold and exciting venture from the Jamshedpur and Jharkhand celluloid creative stable.

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