Rajeev Ravi, the award-winning cinematographer of films like ‘Dev D’, ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ 1 & 2, ‘Bombay Velvet’ and ‘Liar’s Dice’, saw the release of his second directorial offering, the Malayalam film ‘Njan Steve Lopez’. The film was released all over India on August 15 with English subtitles. After opening to a thundering response in Kerala, the film which is titled ‘I Am Steve Lopez’ in English is being screened in over 40 cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata.
This is Rajeev’s second film as a director, after ‘Annayum Rasoolum’ which was a blockbuster. Rajeev has won many awards including the National award, Filmfare and Bafta for his cinematography.
‘I Am Steve Lopez’ is set in the capital city of the south Indian state of Kerala. Steve Lopez, a typical teenager is the son of an influential police officer. He leads an unruffled life, dominated by a relationship with Anjali, daughter of another police officer. Steve happens to witness a fight between two rival gangs. He is involved in taking a fatally injured man to the hospital. This event leads him gradually into the lives of the gangsters who have nothing extraordinary in their lives except their acts of crime.
Hari, the gang leader is captured by his father with his help, but he disappears from the police custody with no news. Steve is obsessed with the fate of Hari.
In his quest to find what happened to Hari, he gradually comes to realise that the gangsters and the police including his father, are two faces of the same coin. There is an intricate web of interrelationships, bargains, trust and breach of trust between them. Steve’s quick glimpse of this network is enough to unsettle him. His fate too is sealed once he touches this web.