Calling Sathyan Anthikkad’s Oru Indian Pranayakadha as the director’s transformation into the so called new generation platform is not correct in my view. When you look at the structure of the script and the way characters have been planted in the story you will certainly feel that you are watching his movie even if they didn’t show the credits at the beginning. There is enough humour in the content to keep you interested, but the used out idea that happens in the second half of the movie somewhere takes away its freshness.
Our story here has this young political leader Aimanam Sidharthan who is working “hard” to get the ticket from his party in the upcoming by election. Things were not smooth for Sidharthan and in the middle of a disturbing phase of these inner politics, Sidharthan was asked to assist an Indian born Canadian citizen Irene by his party president. The journey Sidharthan begins from here along with Irene to help her in home coming for some really personal purposes is the movie all about.
Sandesham was an awesome satire from the director and the first half of Oru Indian Pranayakadha also utilizes the modern day happenings in politics like the channel discussions, self promoting flex boards etc. And having a female protagonist who has seen a better version of politics gives a good scope for a political satire. But the writer Iqbal Kuttippuram certainly has some other plans and goes back to the idea of searching roots, which occasionally reminded me of Kadhanayakan. The seemingly difficult task of finding people happens in real quick speed. But by reducing the anticipated melodrama and by casting the perfect actors for the lead roles, Sathyan Anthikkad succeeds in making this movie an overall good one.
Fahadh Faasil has done an excellent job as the modern day politician. The goofy nature never went to that over acting level and he displayed great energy on screen. Amala Paul was the perfect option to play the role of Irene as she showed that humble nature very elegantly and self dubbing just enhanced the beauty of the character. Prakash Bare, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy and Innocent were good in their respective roles.
In the making there is not much to be blamed when you look at the style of the director. The first half was fine. The second half sentimental scenes demanded a bit more perfection. In terms of script, as I said earlier the back story idea slightly imbalances the rhythm of the narrative that was moving pretty good. An idea that could have influenced Sidharthan would have really helped the film. Cinematography was nice. The music from Vidhyasagar was enjoyable but the BGM’s disappointed at some dramatic knots.
On the whole Oru Indian Pranaya Kadha is an enjoyable one time watch. Humour and performances will keep you engaged while the story having lot of predictability won’t impress you that much. The rating is 3/5 from my side.
Green: Recommended Content
Orange: The In-Between Ones
Red: Not Recommended