Take Off (MALAYALAM)

Starring: Parvathy, Kunchako Boban, Fahadh Faasil and many more
Editing : Abhilash Balachandran
Music : Shaan Rahman, Gopi Sunder
Cinematography : Sanu John Varghese
Directed by: Mahesh Narayan

After a long time got a chance to see some Malayalam movies and I saw two of them on the same day. Let me tell you about them what i felt good and bad about those two.

The story is based on the true incident where a group of Malayali nurses working in the Iraqi city of Tikrit were held captive inside a hospital when the terrorist outfit ISIS captured a section of the country in 2014. Sameera (Parvathy) is a nurse working in a hospital in Kerala, struggling hard to take care of her family. She has recently been divorced and has left her son with her husband. Sameera is waiting for a visa to Iraq, where she would get a good salary. Her colleague, a male nurse named Shaheed (Kunchako Boban), is her greatest support and marries her. The group of nurses who reach Iraq are not really aware about the extent of the situation there, initially. It’s a war zone and they have to take care of patients in pathetic conditions. What happens to Sameera and others forms the rest.

The great plus of the movie is how the makers have convincingly created the environment for us to empathize with the lead and her plight. As the movie progresses to the second half, the scenario in the civil war is well woven and the film takes a turn to become a thriller. Initially the movie moves very slowly as it takes time to set off things. The cast has come off brilliantly with nuanced performances. Paravthy as Sameera packs a powerful performance. She is impressive with her emotional delivery and has handled the character with ease. Kunchako Boban impresses with the balanced, matured performance. Fahadh Faasil amazes with his excellent performance. Even though his screen space is comparatively less, the actor succeeds in stealing the show with his fabulous acting skills.

Technically the movie is astounded by the way in which the special effects look realistic and the war hit Tirkit resembles reality to the perfect. Cinematography by Sanu John Varghese is specially good. Music by Shaan Rahman and Gopi Sunder is again perfect for the movie. Editing is neat. Mahesh Narayanan has come good in this brilliantly crafted movie. Without being overtly dramatic and surpassing expectations of a predictable story line he has narrated the story engagingly. Overall the movie is an engaging experience, even though it falls into slow pace at certain points.

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