Cast: Sharman Joshi, Stephen Baldwin, Shari Wiedmann, Aditi Chengappa, Manoj Mishra, Prakash Belwadi
Director: Aneesh Daniel
The least of these is a story based on true events of Orissa. It does a good job of communicating the selflessness of people like Graham Staines who gives all his life with wife and children to treat people who are shunned or rejected by their own village. The movie beautifully illustrates the power of love, hope and forgiveness to overcome hate.
The movie opens with an Indian Journalist Manav Banerjee (Sharman Joshi), who moves with his pregnant wife Shanti (Aditi Chengappa) to the town of Orissa in hope of a better life and well-paid job. When speculation mounts that local Australian missionary Graham Staines (Stephen Baldwin) is illegally converting leprosy patients to Christians, Manav agrees to investigate undercover for the newspaper New Orissa. What he finds is a series of revelations that are difficult to understand and even harder to explain, and Manav is forced to make a choice between his job and the truth.
Manav Banerjee (Sharman Joshi) fervently performed his role, he is an ambitious journalist who does everything possible to cover the truth. Stephen Baldwin’s character is very calm and helping the lepers. He does a very good job as Graham Staines. Prakash Belwadi (Kedar Mishra) took over the character with his great acting skills.
“The lease of these” is a movie directed by a debutante director Aneesh Daniel. He potrayed the story of Graham staines so perfectly that the ones watching will get attracted & would like to know more.
The movie offers no songs, which is good because there was no appropriate screen space for any song.
Cinespeaks verdict: THE LEAST OF THESE is a must see portrait of Christian missionary work. The acting is terrific. It is a riveting movie. The plot points are powerful. The jeopardy is intense. Banarjee is convicted because Staines shows love to everyone and treats the outcasts, the lepers and the least of these.
Cinespeaks gives 3.5 stars
By Rupal Purohit