KUMBALANGI NIGHTS: capsule review

Malayalam Cinema has always notched up the bar for depicting nuances and realism, the simplistic portrayal is an element I’m quite envious of! Kumbalangi Nights is a flamboyant layered drama whose breathtaking elements happen to be nuances and simplicity. Writer Syam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikaaram,¬†Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, Mayanadhi)¬†extracts the intrinsic human nature, in doing so, he weaves in humour to decipher misery and toxic masculinity.

Kumbalangi, the village stands as a bioluminescence isle where boundaries nearing water remarks limitation of human perspective. In an eco-friendly perspective, the human nature is tested through bonds of brotherhood and existential angst. It’s an isle where pricky cactuses and non-human elements symbolise situational psyche. By the end, the isle forges brotherhood dynamics and void of females. It’s etched and drained in harbour of love and cinema!

And even breaks the norm of normalizing patriarchy, Shammy exclaims, “Raymond, The Complete Man” – an incomplete and incompetent whose sickening act curtails the norm. Fahadh Faasil in a killer performance sends shiver down the spine just through a creepy smile. Shane Nigam, Soubin Shahir, Sreenath Bhasi and Mathew Thomas shoulder the character-driven film with lively performances.

Like Ee.Ma.Yau (2018), Cinematographer Shyju Khalid captures the contingency of the landscape often traversing the frames to evoke emotions and transporting into the island village. Musical score by Sushin Shyam titillates the malady and rhythm as Director Madhu C Nayarayan sails thoughtful through Kumbalangi. | “Locale is Universal”

Language: Malayalam
Release: 07 February, 2019
Rating: 4/5

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