Within its constrained plot, G Prajith’s Sathyam Paranja Viswasikkuvo tries to be two things; a social satire and an emotional journey of its central character. If you look at it that way, it is somewhat similar to writer Sajeev Pazhoor’s first film Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. While the black comedy aided satiric aspect of this movie is hilarious and on point, the emotional journey of the movie ends up on the lower side. Sathyam Paranja Viswasikkuvo is definitely an enjoyable interesting film that deserved a better emotional track.
Suni is our hero. He is married to Geetha and the couple has a daughter. Suni is a daily-wages construction laborer and his lifestyle isn’t that appreciable and almost everyone criticizes him for his drinking habit. So one day Suni happens to witness a road accident and that sort of opens up a window for Suni to solve all the existing issues in his life. The details of that particular accident and how these plans go is what awaits us in the movie.
As I said, the satiric angle of the movie is really interesting. The movie mocks the mob mentality and also the behavior of individual people to spread negativity. The kind of hasty behavior of the modern-day society is also made fun of here pretty effectively. But the twist in the tale and the resolution the movie provides to it has a presentation problem. We don’t get to feel that intensity of the deep problem in which our main characters are in. And somewhere we all know the missing piece in the puzzle will appear and solve the issue easily. Sajeev Pazhoor’s emphasis was to redirect the focus of the movie to the humane side of his characters. But that phase of the movie is in a hurry and thus we aren’t feeling the sense of danger the main characters are feeling.
Biju Menon is in that typical humor zone he uses to portray escapist characters. And if we feel any sense of empathy towards his character in the climax despite the insufficient script, it is because of the honest performance from him. Alencier Lopez was good in his full-length character. Samvritha Sunil was a good choice for that character, but as a viewer, I ended up needing a lot more of her character on screen. Sudhy Koppa was hilarious as Thamara. Srikanth Murali yet again scored as the police officer. The cast of the movie includes names like Dinesh Prabhakar, Sree Lakshmi, Saiju Kurup, Musthafa, Sudheesh, Bitto Davis, etc.
This is G Prajith’s second movie after Oru Vadakkan Selfie. Interestingly this one is also set in the Thalassery zone and hardly anyone speaks in the Thalassery/ Vadakara dialect. Prajith’s depiction is a semi mix of realism and extreme drama. For instance, there are many areas where the police behave like the typical police we have seen in many Malayalam movies. But towards the climax, one can sense a sensible depiction of the police characters, the one we sort of got to experience in movies like Action Hero Biju and Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. Coming from the guy who wrote Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, I would say Sathyam Paranja Viswasikkuvo lacks the quality of subtlety. The cinematography was fine. The songs had that earthy vibe. Background score was on the higher side in some areas.
I did laugh out loud at many areas in the movie and it wasn’t like I can’t recollect any of that. Sathyam Paranja Viswasikkuvo is an impressive social satire and a half baked emotional drama. Barring that lack of emotional impact, this is an engaging cinema with acceptable flaws.
Sathyam Paranja Viswasikkuvo is an impressive social satire and a half baked emotional drama. Barring that lack of emotional impact, this is an engaging cinema with acceptable flaws.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended