Sorry Tarantino! I had to do this.
Maheshinte Prathikaram, the latest Fahaad Fasil starrer, forced my hand into writing these lines! Kamal Hasan’s Dasavataram was about the Chaos Effect – what a small action in a small corner of the world has tsan effect elsewhere.
This Dileesh Pothen directed movie is not of that scale. In fact, it is a small movie. About something that happens in a hilly hamlet in Idukki. In the recent times, we have had a slew of movies set in picturesque hillocks of Kerala – Elsamma Enna Aankutty, Ordinary, Aadu Oru Bheekara Jeeviyaanu and the blockbuster Drishyam.
To a large extent what happens in America or the gulf affects our life. Our lives and economies are intertwined with the fate of the non-resident Keralites in these countries. Of course, Malayalees are now seeking new pastures including, the UK, the Scandinavian countries, France, Spain, Belgium, eastern Europe and far across, Australia and New Zealand for better opportunities. One of threads of the story involves these aspirations of Malayalees and how lives are affected by just a phone call from outside the country!
The storytelling is cohesive and organic. It is a coming of age story…a romantic tale…a revenge drama…and life in these hilly hamlets far removed from the hustle and bustle of the bigger towns and cities.
The major takeaway is the humor and the cast. All the new actors take to their roles like a fish to water! The standouts are Alancier, KL Antony, Jaffer Idukki, Aparna Balamurali and the antagonist, Sujith Shankar. The film gets the dialect right – of people who have migrated from Kottayam and Pala to the eastern high ranges close to Tamil Nadu.
Fahaad Fasil has to be lauded for his underdog role which is handled with subtlety. We have a sensible director in Dileesh Pothan. And Shyam Pushkaran gets it right in terms of capturing the local flavor and the lifestyle of people in Idukki.
This is a small movie with a big heart you wouldn’t want to miss!