‘Gruz’, written and starring Turkish actor Yilmaz Erdogan, recently hit Netflix. One thing that has been proven time and again in every corner of the world is that the utility of violence will be zero. People may end up fighting over minor issues, but if you want peace forever and live unburdened, peace should be preferred over quarrels. The plot of the film is not new, yet you will like it because the hero of the film is in the police force and his duty gives him the task of obeying orders with his head down like a workman. Turkey continues to make its presence felt in world cinema. Turkish web series “Ertugul” has been compared to “Game of Thrones”.
Chief Inspector Harun (Yilmaz Erdogan) is awarded the title of “Policeman of the Year”. After the party, Aaron takes a taxi home. The driver took them to a secluded spot and attacked them. In the process of saving his life, the driver is killed by Aaron. Aaron wipes his fingerprints and escapes. The next day, the driver’s body was found hanging from a crane outside the police station. A case is filed and a fear develops in Aaron’s mind. One of his accomplices, Tunke (Sem Ejit Ujumogalu) learns his truth but instead of bringing the proof to everyone, he hands it over to Aaron. As the investigation progresses, Aaron realizes that he is the victim of a deep trick by some clever people. While unraveling the plot, Haroon learns that all this game was created by a girl who lost her father due to some of Haroon’s cases. He makes this whole game to hook the girl and her estranged colleague brother Aaron. Can Harun save himself from the accusation of murder? See the picture to understand it.
Such films were seen in Hollywood in the nineties. A murder by mistake which is actually the result of a long plan. The hero has a desire to atone for some sin, but circumstances or laziness do not allow him to do so. The police always think they are right and the hero can never be wrong. Grudge looks good acting as well as the pace of the story. You can predict the suspense but how that suspense unfolds becomes a bit interesting. Memorable suspense films usually involve serial murders or an investigation into who the killer is that keeps you hooked. Even if Gruz doesn’t, you can’t help but sympathize with Yilmaz Erdoğan’s facial expressions as the hero tries to get closer to the truth by investigating layer by layer.
There are some good reasons to watch this film. There is no drama anywhere in the film. As the police officers solve the murders one by one, gather evidence and at every step you start to feel the fear of being caught by the criminal, then you start to feel connected to the story. Apart from Yilmaz Erdogan, the acting of the co-stars is also good. The last scene of the film is a flashback which proves the integrity of the story. In this scene, Sam Eggitt defines the possibilities of acting in a new way since his first film. The film’s music is composed by Gevende band performer Ahmed Kenan. What is heard here is how much attention to focus on which emotion in each scene is understood by Ahmet’s music. Apart from the Turkish music tradition, Ahmed has arranged every scene of the film with the help of world music.
At the end of the film when the protagonist Haroon confronts the man with whom the whole trap was set up to ensnare him, Haroon himself is surprised. Mahatma Gandhi’s lesson comes to mind when he says that feelings of envy, jealousy, revenge or vengeance must be put to an end. Blood cannot be avenged for blood so they seek to right their unintentional wrongs. Aaron threw his pistol. His opponent is shocked by his unexpected actions and he thinks that Aaron taught him to be a good person as a child. Full of self-blame, the man shoots himself, and by then the police have arrested Aaron. The film has to be seen to understand the value of this scene, its beauty, its depth. In this atmosphere of despair, we are determined to kill ourselves, see “Grudge” to understand how we can get rid of our guilt and extinguish the fire of revenge.
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First Published: October 16, 2021, 15:02 IST