TRAFFIC is undoubtedly an amazing movie. The story line can be presented in a very dry manner. But the director Rajesh Pillai was not ready to go in that way to brand it under the name ‘award movie’. It has become one of the major hits of this year and is surely going to grab many awards in film festivals. The shots, editing and direction of this film is almost perfect. Inspiring from a real event that happened in Chennai, TRAFFIC is one of the first multi narratives of this decade in Malayalam.
When viewed from a journalist’s angle, this movie gives some terrific realities about media life. In the movie, the hero who is a television reporter had an accident while going to his office for a shoot. He was severely injured. However the show that he is supposed to anchor went on without any delay. He was replaced by another substitute. Similarly the same channel covered live all the further happenings related to his death. When a death of colleague and the follow ups can make a scoop and increase their ratings, why do they stop from airing that story!
This attitude of media is always a disputed matter. The reality is whoever goes, the show must go on… If a person disappears, there will be another to replace. Media never let audience know the stories behind the camera. Or else, it is also because viewers do not care about how a news story is made. The matter of how a news story is made or how a program is aired will always remain behind the curtains as it is not at all an interesting topic. They simply want the product when they switch on television or while going through a news paper. And that makes the livelihood of each media person. So just like soldiers in a war field, they never bother their colleague’s fall as they have to move on for their bread and butter.