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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Charlie (MALAYALAM)

charlie-movie-poster-8683Starring: Dulquer Salman, Parvathy, Aparna Gopinath, Nedumudi Venu and many more
Editing : Shameer
Music : Gopi Sundar
Cinematography: Joman T John
Directed by: Martin Prakkat

I use to watch Malayalam movies only when it gets some word of mouth views. So this film is one such movie which were said very high about the characters and music. Also I watched mainly because of Parvathy, my favorite. So lets see how the movie is.

Tessa (Parvathy) runs away from her home after quitting her job and stays in a house which is occupied full of things which was left out by the previous person who stayed there, Charlie (Dulquer). She finds a drawing where a story is conveyed through art and its left over half. Interested in knowing the ending, Tessa travels to find who is Charlie and whats the end of the story he drew. Her travel towards Charlie and life forms the rest.

This movie might not appeal to all, but its sure to excite those who love the unusual. Maybe the director was doubtful about the ability of the audience to understand the movie so added few commercial elements. In doing so, he has compromised on that subtle artistry, which would have given a naturalness to the narrative. The lead actors Dulquer and Parvathy sizzles in their roles. Dulquer is intense as Charlie. Despite the bearded, edgy get up, he manages to carry the role with just the right amount of warmth. Parvathy plays her inquisitive part well and has equal screen time and presence as the hero.

A melodious background score from Gopi Sundar blends in well with the story. Camera angles by Jomon are charming enough which captures the difference with a tinge of romance. The crisp dialogues, the ideology presented and sequences are the big positives. It goes off slow in the middle of second half but comes back strong towards the end. This movie sure is a winner and a must watch, which prompts you to live life free-spiritedly. Barring its narrative style, ‘Charlie’ is one movie which can be enjoyed whole heartedly…!! 🙂

Bangalore Days (MALAYALAM)

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Starring: Dulqar Salman, Nivin Pauly, Fagath Fasil, Nazriya, Parvathy Menon, Isha Talwar, Nithya Menon and many more
Music: Gopi Sundar
Directed by: Anjali Menon

What attracted me to watch this film is about every other magazine or article was writing very much high about this film. Fine. Next the film was getting booked just like that in Chennai. Okay. Then the director announced the film now has subtitles added to it. Hmmm thats good. So this was the reason for me seeing the film. But lets see how the film is as I did not watch even the trailer, which my friends said was excellent.

Arjun (Dulquar), Kuttan (Nivin) and Divya (Nazriya) are three cousins. Kuttan and Arjun, Software Engineer and a bike mechanic by profession respectively will be settled in Bangalore. Divya will be married to Das (Fahad), who will be working in a Bangalore based company. Their marriage life will not be in good terms, as Das will be a workaholic guy. In this course, Divya will come to know about Das’s old love story, which makes her stay away from him. What happens next?

The one thing which surprises you is the star cast. Almost all of the younger crop of the Malayalam industry has been part of the film. And the film is not a love story as many will be thinking. The film is a bundle stunningly subtle moments of emotions which has presented and executed very well. It’s never easy to handle three bright young heroes in a film, but director does it with great elan. The characters and their stories have been written and executed in an impressive way. Dulqar has given splending performance and he has more screen presence when compared with other male leads. Nivin’s innocence character is cute whereas Fahad’s surprising twist to his past gains interest. Nazriya is full of life and Parvathy comes up with another terrific performance. Isha Talwar and Nithya Menon have limited roles to play, but they suit their roles perfectly. The rest of the cast is good as well.

Sameer Thahir’s visuals are top notch. A Bangalorean, who don’t even understand Malayalam will fall for Sameer Thahir’s camera work. Gopi Sundar’s music is fine and sets up the tempo and mood for the film (Yes I listened to the songs after coming back from film). The film stretches to three hours but one doesn’t feel it thanks to the even pacing. Anjali has given a good screenplay and directed her story well. A perfect youth entertainer which you can go for it.  Strictly recommended..!! 🙂