Led by stellar performances and astutely helmed by debutante director Smita Singh, ‘Andaman’ is an empathetic portrayal of life in rural India during the lockdown induced by the Covid-19 pandemic. This quarantine-centred drama is a simple yet powerful film depicting the trials and tribulations of a man of integrity.
The title ‘Andaman’ is used as a metaphor for the remoteness and isolation of its cinematic universe, which is set in the underprivileged and remote village of Bhulanpur in Madhya Pradesh.
The man in focus is Abhimanyu Pratap (Anand Raaj), an IAS aspirant, who while working as Panchayat Secretary in Bhulanpur, is made the “In-charge” of its quarantine centre. How he with the help of Jhallu (Jay Shankar Pandey), a labourer whom he affectionately calls ‘Pradhan’ (chief), deals with the local population to rein in the pandemic, forms the crux of the narrative.
The film tells us about Abhimanyu’s struggle and it also subtly exposes life during the period,…