Monsoon Mangoes from Abi Varghese created bit of a confusion in my mind on giving a verdict. Well the film has spoof, it has sarcasm and at the end of it all there is this live your life/ take risk sort of motivational idea. To be honest, I feel this mixture of entirely different treatments puts the movie in a difficult situation.
DP Pallikkal is an aspiring young director whose family is settled in the US. His cinematic thoughts are extremely different from the commercial cinema perspective and there is a pseudo intellectual shade in them. “Monsoon mangoes” basically shows us DP’s new movie attempt and how it moulds the human being and film maker in him.
Akkara Kaazhchakal was famous for its hilarious verbal exchange. That quality has been maintained in the case of Monsoon Mangoes as well. The natural dialogues and its counters have that realistic fun feel to it. I did enjoy all those parts. The problem with Monsoon mangoes is in its intention. It makes fun of those movie makers who desperately includes complexity in their movie making style. It is being sarcastic about many things in a caricature way and when it preaches at the end of all this to be true to yourself, it looks a bit weird and conflicting. And towards the climax, when Alencier Lay’s character insults Pallikkal by teasing him, the audience were laughing hard and clapping as if they got a chance to say something to Abi Varghese.
I feel so bad for Fahadh Faasil. He is a terrific actor and has done a fabulous job in this movie as well. But the failure of the film would reduce the audience of his performance. Vijay Raz delivers a quality performance as the hopeless actor. Vinay Forrt, Alencier Lay and Nandu performed really well. Small roles For Iswarya Menon, Sanju Sivaram, Tovino Thomas and a few more.
Abi Varghese has kept the humour track alive. But much like DP, he also complicates things at many areas. Screenplay’s mixing of treatment is innovative, but didn’t work completely for me. Dialogues are humorous. Cinematography was nice. Sync sound was used effectively.
On the whole Monsoon mangoes is a bit disappointing for sure but you can’t ignore the hilarious sarcasm and Fahadh Faasil’s superb performance. Watch it only if you are generous towards experiments.
Monsoon mangoes is a bit disappointing for sure but you can't ignore the hilarious sarcasm and Fahadh Faasil's superb performance.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended