Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela: The Review.

Nivin Pauly tells Altaf Salim in a scene from Sakhav that its not acting but planning that matters, when told that his acting skills weren’t much to write home about.It was less of an innocent line from the film if you ask me, considering the rank outsider’s career in the malayalam film industry until now and more of a jibe at his critics and detractors.Ironic , because he garnered your attention as a viewer with brief sparks of intensity in his debut movie and you had this feeling that this guy was here to stay.The actor has made the right moves and wise choices to be where he is today and it shows that he has a plan indeed.Nivin without this planning would be say, Unni Mukundan, if you know what I am talking about.The actor proves himself right again with his latest release, Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela.He knows his cinema i should say.

Njandulakude Nattil Oridavela is not the best of the Onam crop of films, it is in fact one of the best films of the year, easily.To say Altaf Salim makes an impressive debut as a director here, would be an understatement.The debutant makes two cameo appearances in this film although one is just his voice and he has earned those, i would say.Poignant and delightful in the same breath, this gem of a film offers a thoroughly refreshing take on a topic that would have otherwise been reduced to another grim tearjerker.For a movie that dealt with a crisis of the greatest magnitude that could hit a family, the theatre was filled with sounds of laughter for the entire running time and none of these were forced or out of place.The casting is pitch perfect and Lal delivers another memorable performance.Shanthi Krishna couldn’t have asked for a better comeback vehicle.Nivin Pauly plays to his strength here as the next door boy and is a reunion of sorts for him with the Premam team with the exception of Alphonse Puthren and Shabareesh Varma.
The movie caught me off guard when it choked me with emotion right before the end titles rolled and the lights came on as my ego certainly didn’t want people to see me with my eyes welled up.Reminded me of an anecdote from a time when you actually relied on big brothers in the neighborhood for movie reviews and its just a coincidence that it’s about one of the greatest family tearjerkers of our times, Akashadhoot.Story goes that two friends are out watching the movie and one of them is wiping tears off his face every other minute thanks to Sibi Malayil when he notices in the dark hall that his pal next to him hasn’t budged in the seat.While he was wondering if his friend was that hard hearted, the lights come on for the interval and he turns to see the guy sitting there with tears rolling down his cheeks and hands gripping the seats hard.

PS: വെളിപാടും ആദാമും കണ്ടു ഇനിയൊരു അങ്കത്തിന് ബാല്യം ഇല്ല എന്ന് കരുതി ഇരുന്ന ഞാൻ ഞണ്ടുകൾക്കു കേറുമ്പോൾ മൾട്ടിപ്ളെക്സിന്റെ മൂലക്കിരുന്നു ഒരു “പുള്ളിക്കാരൻ” ചിരിക്കുന്നുണ്ടായിരുന്നു, ചാത്തന്മാർ നിന്നെ കൊണ്ട് വരും എന്നും പറഞ്ഞു

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