The Leaked Photos is a fascinating film. While the film takes its time building the plot, the crime mystery thriller also does a great job of putting the viewer in the protagonist's shoes.
After all, Suryani – a bright and diligent student – needs to rely on a scholarship to complete her education. The proactive student is also involved in creating the drama team's website, but when one thing leads to another at Mata Hari's party, she ends up losing her scholarship.
Unable to pay tuition without alumni money, Sur, as she is affectionately known, embarks on a journey to piece together what happened that fateful night together with Amin, her friend who works as a photocopier on campus.
Well, when Pandora's box opens, many secrets come to light. So, does the culprit get his punishment? SPOILERS AHEAD.
The story of The Leaked Photos
Suryani is a smart student studying computer science in college, which is also why she is involved in building the Mata Hari website. The theater department decides to celebrate the success of their play at Rama's house, and Sur is also invited.
There is also the matter of a job opportunity that Rama's father wants to discuss with her that night. Before leaving for the party, her religious Muslim father reminds her to stay away from alcohol.
The next day, Sur has a review meeting with the scholarship committee. However, things don't go her way due to some harmful images posted on her social media. With no memory of the night to back up her claims, Sur unravels the mystery with Amin's help, but the matter is not so simple. After eventually suspecting that Tariq was drugging her, Sur realizes that it was none other than Rama who sedated her.
With the help of the NetCar driver, Rama undressed Sur and took images of his body to use in his scenarios. But Sur is not its only victim – Farah and Tariq have been subjected to the same in the past.
Previously, Sur tried to go to the ethics committee, but given Rama's stature in society, it's not easy to hold him accountable. The three steal the taxi driver's phone and discover videographic evidence that bolsters his claim. But Rama discovers the plot and, in a poetically ominous scene, burns the phone. Then the trio will be able to bring him to justice
The end of The Leaked Photos: Sur gets the bag back
Most of the time, Rama manages to get away with her scheme, and people – including her own father – don't believe her. After all, he has an innocent face, a pleasant disposition, and it is very hard to believe that someone like Rama would commit unethical acts.
Sur has Tariq and Farah, also victims of Rama, to back up his claims. Sur's mother believes her and tries to help Sur as well. Despite all this, Rama manages to thwart his plans and, once again, not be held accountable for his actions.
At the climax, the women are at the edge of their wits and, with nothing left to lose, Farah and Sur drag the copy machine to the roof and photocopy their stories and the remaining evidence.
So they play those roles for the whole university to see. Soon, Tariq joins them, as do a multitude of other women. With everyone on campus now witnessing the extent of the exploitation, Sur and Farah may have earned some credit, especially since Rama masterfully made Sur make a public apology for his “false allegations” against him earlier.
The entire campus is aware of the matter, but the survivors still have a long way to go. After all, this whole ordeal started when members of the scholarship committee pulled the rug out from under Sur because of his “immoral” behavior of indulging in parties and alcohol.
And she takes a risk to find out what happened that night, only to find that Rama sedated people and then took nude pictures of them as “inspiration” for his own projects.
Rama has also been one step ahead of his survivors every step of the way, and with him destroying the phone that contained the video evidence, Sur's credibility takes a further hit.
In the end, as victims photocopy their history, scars, and other evidence, it becomes harder to ignore the truth. Given that there is strength in numbers, people are likely to believe Sur. But as far as the scholarship is concerned, it looks like the council will take time to investigate the matter.
Also, given that Sur has hacked into the devices of several students on campus, his moral slate isn't exactly white either.
While hacking might be seen as a necessary evil to uncovering reality, Sur's actions are tinged with ethical ambiguity throughout, and the board can thus argue against her receiving the scholarship.
At one point in the film, Sur says he didn't meet the "moral clause" of the scholarship requirement, and this is true in the film; even Amin pointed this out. So it's safe to say that Sur will not receive the university scholarships, although her mother now proudly helps her daughter fulfill her dreams.
Will Sur take Rama to court? people believe her
While it looks like Sur, Farah and Tariq retrieve the narrative and expose Rama for what he really is by photocopying the evidence and throwing it off the roof, it looks like they still won't be able to bring Rama to court.
After all, the taxi driver's phone was the strongest evidence, but Rama burns it. So they need to go back to their preliminary findings and share their story.
While they may have finally managed to get the truth out, in a court of law the issues need to be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Rama claims he only took pictures of the Milky Way – not Sur's birthmark – and even the university will likely support him due to his father's connections. The fact that many people have supported Sur's claims works in his favor, it still looks like Rama will escape justice, especially since Sur herself had to engage in some unethical practices to get this information.
Who is Miss Siti?
Even when Sur's father doesn't believe her, Sur's mother understands her daughter's plight. After all, the mother recognizes Sur's birthmark in the set photos.
After the awkward moment when Sur has to file a public apology for Rama, his mother knows something is up and she takes Sur to Siti's place. The three talk about a urine test and how they could have tracked down the agent used to sedate her if it wasn't too late.
So it seems that Siti is a doctor and a friend of Sur's mother. Siti understands the delicacy of the situation and helps the university student. In fact, it is at Siti's house that Rama ambushes the group after they successfully capture damaging evidence against him. The house acts as a base for Tariq, Farah and Sur to get together, and this is much needed by the trio.
How many people did Rama photograph? Was Sur sexually assaulted?
There are 8 videos found on the taxi driver's phone, which makes it look like Rama has only managed to reach 8 students so far.
However, we do know that Amin previously shared confidential information from several students with Rama. It appears that Rama exploits his prey through the data he obtains from Amin and, with the help of the NetCar driver, photographs a person's unique characteristics, which then serve as his "inspiration".
While there is no doubt that Rama's actions are dubious, it appears that he only photographed his victims, not sexually assaulted them.
Rama's actions seem extremely psychopathic in nature, especially as he shows no regrets or emotions towards his own actions. The only time things seem to go downhill for him, he enters Siti's house and offers a menacing dialogue where he compares himself to Perseus, the slayer of Medusa.
In the end, more than 8 people go up to the roof and join Farah and Sur to reveal their stories. So it's clear that Rama may have traumatized more people on campus, but his videos may just not be on the phone.
Also, they may have chosen to be silent the entire time due to a multitude of reasons – including their powerful past and fear for their own safety – but now that there's a good chance people believe them, they finally decide to come forward.
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