This film in a nutshell – when Mahesh meets Annayum Rasoolum, literally. There are scenes of the boat jetty, jangar service, the walking to work, that reminded me of the latter.. Rajiv Ravi has presented a deglamourised life and presented it as an everyday experience.. The result is beautiful, frame by frame..
And Dileesh Pothan knows his stuff. If it was Idukki last time, it is parts of Cherthala, and Kasargod this time. And in here, he brings in subtle references to caste politics with word choice, and festivities.
The beginning, under the banner of Urvasi Theatres, (every film going malayali would know) and the scene from the play, the shot of the audience sitting on the grounds to watch… sets the mood. The bgm from Bijipal esp during the chases… Watch the film and we can sit and discuss..
Caveat: if you liked maheshinte prathikaaram, then you’d also like this film, abd vice versa. There is a drag in the second half at places, but it can be ignored. The actors have done quite a good job, and even Srinda, who dubbed for the female lead.
Most probably, the Kerala state award for best actor (male) could go to Suraj for his role in this film! Even Fahad, in this film and also Take Off, they could fight it out, or they could both be awarded. As for the best actor in a female lead role, Parvathy, though I didn’t like Take Off like most people did, she is sure to receive a trophy for this one.