Moonam Naal Njayarazhcha has these flaws of theatricality in scenes, but the movie has really powerful ironies which does create an impact on the viewer. It questions the religions for its transformation in to something that divides people and utilizes their inabilities. With undertones of many social misunderstandings in the narrative it’s a film that deserves to be watched.
Karumban is this scheduled cast NRI who unfortunately had to be behind the bars in Middle East for almost 10 years. Karumban returns to his home land after the jail term hoping to see his family. Moonam Naal Njayarazhcha shows us his journey to find his family and what happens in that journey.
The basic agenda here is to show the modern world on the impact of blind religious faith. The movie has religious conversion as a key plot element and it uses that factor to show how religion has gone to those lows to exploit humans for its existence. The main protagonist is also facing this struggle to prove his own existence and that’s a take on the society that relies too much on proof and legalities. The drama in scenes will remind you of the main stream cinemas written by T A Razak and that’s the main disappointment of this film.
Salim Kumar’s performance has highs and lows. In some scenes he is this sensible real Karumban who talks and thinks in a convincing way. But certain areas are too dramatic. Babu Antony was fine in the character given to him. Sethulakshmi and Jyothy Krishna couldn’t carry the drama in a believable way. Sudheer Karamana was just okay. Kochu Preman was good and the rest of the cast also looked okay for their respective roles.
As a film maker, T A Razak has tried to create certain visual statements even in silences and that’s a good sign as most of the writer turned directors highly rely on their dialogues. As the movie isn’t that conventional commercial drama, we expect a sort of realism in the conversations which unfortunately was missing. Cinematography was on the average side.
With a better set of actors and more realistic conversations inside the cinema, the movie would have created an impact similar to that of Thaniyavarthanam. But still there is that though provoking element in it to make us think about the statement the movie puts forward.
With a better set of actors and more realistic conversations inside the cinema, the movie would have created an impact similar to that of Thaniyavarthanam.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended