To cut it the flight short, it’s basically less about flight of aspiration and more of a romantic flight. Not that it’s a bad film, it’s a good average film closing the year. Based upon the life of Shaji Thomas – a speech and hearing impaired person, debutant director (also writer) Pradeep M Nair tries to throttle the aspiring scale of flight with enriching visuals. Yet, the film has its due moments without any dull.
Set in a small village in Kerala before the technological change, Venkidi (Prithviraj Sukumaran) dreams to build an aeroplane is termed crazy by the people but his love Janaki stands by him. Things take a different turn when Janaki’s father fixes her marriage to an evil alliance. It’s a neatly packed screenplay which moves ahead consistently though the bit long duration becomes a minor problem, it never holds you. May be because I expected it to be a film about dreams and it was about a romantic flight. If you look it as a romantic flight, then it totally works and even will make you shed a half tear or so.
Pradeep M Nair pours the typical elements like NRI, stereotypical Father – basically straight out of 90s ingredients. But he pours with honesty and the best part of the film is that IT’S NOT SELF-AWARE. The teaser was quite remiscient of 2015 Hindi film “Hawaizaada” which had characters self-aware of creating history. Also the dialogues are quite theatrical, doesn’t help in transforming into a periodical. With some spectacular sequences like when Venkidi flys over the village, it gives the film it’s due momentum.
Prithviraj Sukumaran appears in two distinct roles, an aged Scientist and a young man. Though I wasn’t so convinced with his young acting while he tried well to pull it off “carely”. His village absorption and mannerisms worked close to the term “crazy” which the people termed his character. Durga Krishna as Janaki makes a fine debut. Alencier who was terrific in “Thondimuthalam Drikshakshiyam” (2017) lends an excellent support.
And foremost reason for which I headed to the theater, Gopi Sundar’s music is magical. Using the raw voices and mesmerizing tones especially Anthimaanaam sung by Nandini Srikar- the music works as a propeller.
Had the director explored the aspiration of the protagonist, the film would have soared at a cruising altitude. Nevertheless, it doesn’t disappoint.
Release: 22 December, 2017
Director: Pradeep M Nair
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