Athiran is one movie which has that quality to make you do the backtracking. The movie directed by Vivek is not doing a great job in maintaining the suspense, but it does a fairly good job in unveiling that suspense. With performances having a solid impact on a story that is told in a fairy tale mood, Athiran has its shortcomings and yet manages to become an engaging thriller.
It is about a mental asylum that is located very remotely in a hilly area. A government psychiatrist named Moothedathu Kannan Nair arrives at this private mental asylum for an
The beginning visuals and the background score of
Fahadh Faasil as the government psychiatrist is easily the best performer in the star cast. The realness and rawness in his response to the largely theatrical performances of the other actors in the star cast help the movie greatly in being engaging. If he also did that kind of dialogue delivery, things would have been really difficult for the director. Sai Pallavi has to be lauded here for her subtle performance as an autistic person. She rarely has any dialogues in this film and the actress is relying completely on the body language here. And the best part is that she isn’t overdoing the physical aspects of autism and that makes the performance a quality one. Atul Kulkarni as Benjamin is an eccentric character and considering his ideologies, that kind of portrayal is justifiable. The character offered to Lena wasn’t really a challenging one. Leona Leshoy, Surabhi Lakshmi, Vijay Menon, and Sudev Nair play the roles of the other patients here and sadly the movie isn’t offering much time for these people to perform.
The immediate feeling when I walked out of the film was that they could have avoided a lot of complications in the second half. But right now when I backtrack all those events, the script by PF Mathews added those portions keeping in mind the ultimate result. What I liked about Vivek’s moviemaking style was how quickly he manages to make us interested in the story through captivating visuals and character traits. The second half could have been slightly more gripping, but I feel the script has managed to take the story to a level where the audience will take an effort to understand the behavior of each character. The story is set in the ‘70s and that does add a bit of spooky beauty to the texture of the visuals and the cinematographer Anu Moothedathu has done a terrific job behind the camera. Ghibran’s background score was loud but was really effective considering the tone of the darkness in the mood of this movie. The songs were also quite catchy.
Athiran is not a flawless film. An okay story gets enhanced through an interesting script. With quality visuals backing the truly impressive performances of Fahadh Faasil and Sai Pallavi, Athiran is a movie that will stay with you.
With quality visuals backing the truly impressive performances of Fahadh Faasil and Sai Pallavi, Athiran is a movie that will stay with you.