The movie Aalorukkam is a good one when you look at the issue it tries to address. Beginning as a Father’s quest for his lost son, the film manages to dive into other issues like the problems faced by the LGBT community. It could have been a lecture, but the director has not chosen that path. But it isn’t that indulging in terms of how the drama is shown. Powered by a fabulous Indrans at the core Aalorukkam deserves to be watched.
Pappu Pisharody a veteran Thullal artist is our central protagonist. He has travelled 50 Km to the city after he had an intuition that his long lost son Sajeevan is living there in that city. He got admitted to a hospital after he collapsed and the kind humans there offered to help him in finding his son. The film mainly deals with Pappu Pisharody’s reaction after finding his son.
On the positive side, Aalorukkam is not that pseudo “award film” that grabs a sensitive subject and narrates things in snail pace to have a sophisticated look. In a way the setup here shows the reluctance of even the most optimistic people to accept the LGBT community. VC Abhilash hides the main conflict element in the film smartly and makes us root for the father who now regrets his action. Then the same man becomes a secluded conservative mind in the second half when he is forced to witness certain realities which he refuses to accept. VC Abhilash uses that phase to depict the social reality effectively.
Indrans is the pillar of this movie as he is the star performer and the only known face in the movie. He gets into the skin of the character easily and the ease he shows in transforming into that Thullal artist with great level of humor sense is truly appreciable. The actor then shifts the gear down in the second half and stays true to the character design made by VC Abhilash. An effort almost equal to what Indrans has done in the movie was done by Sreekanth Menon who portrayed the role of the lost son Sajeevan. His performance could have ruined the character as the margin for error is minimal, but he was in total control. While the other actors aren’t making any great impact with their performances I was impressed by the easiness in performance shown by Vishnu Agasthya and Sita Bala.
The highlight of this VC Abhilash movie is the concept. He sheds light on two different aspects and the emotional side of it is pretty much effective. The slight preachy feel it has got when some characters are forced to speak out the troubles rather than showing it to us, the film fumbles. And personally I had the opinion that the climax shouldn’t have had the rethinking part of our main protagonist. If he had remained the same way, the impact would have been a bit harder. I loved the music and the one song in the movie was really good.
Aalorukkam has shown the courage to address two various emotional conflicts in one single plot. Through some strong performances and neat enough making, the film manages to have our attention and also stays relevant.
Through some strong performances and neat enough making, the film manages to have our attention and also stays relevant.
Green: Recommended Content
Orange: The In-Between Ones
Red: Not Recommended