ANURAGA KARIKKIN VELLAM MOVIE REVIEW
A simple story can be told in a lighter and simpler way. There is also the possibility of narrating a simple plot by adopting a more complex approach either unintentionally or purposefully as per the demands of a film which at many times backfire. Anuraga Karikkin Vellam directed by debutant Khalid Rahman adopt the former approach and the result is a feel good rom com entertainer. Sincere in its approach and following a realistic way to tell the story, AKV is a light hearted family movie watchable for any class of audience.
The story as I said is a simpler one and primarily focus on Reghu, a police officer, his wife and their son and daughter. This middle-class family somehow struggle to communicate with each other and is passing through some turbulent time. What that helps to fix and resolve their internal issues and how things gets sorted out is what is basically shown in this little over two hour movie.
There is no amount of tension and drama for the entire running time. Credit goes to the making and direction along with a free flowing screenplay that gives the perfect icing on the cake for the film to survive and go to the next level. Dialogues are less dramatic and the realistic approach in conveying the lack of communication within the family has been well orchestrated with good amount of clarity making it look so natural.
The teaser itself where Biju Menon singing a song and his wife Asha Sharath saying that his singing style resemble the way how Yesudas sings was so catchy that I was sure this film had something that will makes us rooted to it. Director Khalid Rahman is quite successful in presenting this theme with lot of sincerity and he has displayed enough talent that he possesses through this film. He can be one to be watched out in future for sure.
Biju Menon effortlessly and successfully portray the character of Reghu. His dialogue delivery bringing in humour and laughs is quite commendable. He is casted here as a pair with Asha Sharath and both shared good on-screen chemistry between them. On her part, as the fearing and obedient wife Asha Sharath acted remarkably well playing perfect foil to Biju Menon.
It was a gamble casting Biju Menon as father to Asif Ali but the gamble has paid off. There were no ill feeling or any sort of uncomfortable feel seeing them act in such a relationship. Asif Ali plays Abhilash effectively while Rajisha Vijayan who had a role with some substance in it came out with flying colours making her character look really fine on screen. Sudheer Karamana was impressive as Reghu’s colleague and friend. Shoubin Shahir once again handled the comic department in his usual style with success. There is also a supporting act from an actor whose name I am not aware of. He was really natural in front of the camera as the call centre guy and friend to Asif Ali’s character.
Cinematography was good and the same can be said about the editing works that has been done without affecting the total feel and flow of the film. Prashanth Pillai has done a remarkable job with his background music as well as the songs. Use of Sarod, if I am not wrong was a welcome change in the background score and sounded soothing and fresh.
Overall, its a pleasing and refreshing experience watching this film that makes you literally forget the tensions and dramas of the real world. I am going with three and a half out of five for Anuraga Karikkin Vellam and looking forward to more promising works from the director of this film.
Rating – 3.5 / 5
by Chandra Mohan Gopinath