What makes Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal so interesting is its fresh trajectory. Director Ajith Pillai’s debut movie starts off in a very simple way with interesting humor and peculiar characterization. But as it moves on to that Lakshadweep phase, there is a whole lot of fresh perspectives with life in them.
The story basically narrates from the view point of Alex, the 14th son of Kuriachen. After his father’s death Alex is left with a whole lot of money and property and the young aimless guy ultimately ends up in a jail for a criminal offence. Alex who is used to luxury couldn’t accommodate himself to the jail’s atmosphere and decides to escape from there. The escape plan gets screwed in the mid-way and another prisoner Ali comes for his help (accidental). The story of Ali and how it changes Alex is what this film saying.
It has a lot of fresh life elements to make things interesting for the viewer. The 14th man Alex and his nephew who is older than him are some interesting humor elements which were not used in Malayalam cinema. The script effectively uses this privilege of our hero to a good extent in making the prison break part look flawless. The real soul of the movie lies in the second half and there is a nicely built love story in that segment. The gorgeous song composed by Prashanth Pillai enhances the warmth of the romance. The second half also opens up the intellectual and emotional side of the content without any heavy dosage of drama.
Ajith Pillai has treated the content that touches a lot of areas in an engaging manner and we can hope for many more quality projects from this man. In comparison to the relatively intense second half the first half is slightly on the immature side – but when you look at the character of Alex, it’s a justifiable treatment. The problem I could sense was in the dialogues. The Lakshadweep Malayalam did gave the movie a fresh feel, but there are times the characters forget their slang and goes really intellectual which kind of makes the feelings a bit artificial. The whale hunting sequence wasn’t conceived in a good way. The cinematographer Abhinandan once again captures some gorgeous frames of nature’s beauty. The unconventional music and background score from Prashanth Pillai works for the movie.
On screen Asif Ali was the perfect choice to play this kind of aimless cool dude. Sunny Wayne surprisingly delivers a good performance in a dark character. He handled the slang very nicely. Dubbing artist really saved Janani Iyer. Swathi was also pretty good as Isa. Jijoy once again impressed me with his Sulaiman. Jojo was good in that humorous character. Small roles for Nedumudi Venu and P Balachandran.
Overall, Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal can create a beautiful solitude in your mind with its romance and coolness. The rating is 3.5/5 for this Ajith Pillai film. A”i”kbar Isa……..
Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal can create a beautiful solitude in your mind with its romance and coolness.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended