Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol – My first Malayalam movie of the year. A movie which constantly surprises you with it’s inherent simplicity. It’s an ode to Mohanlal the actor. I hate actors who constantly go torture their body by transforming in a hundred different ways in a flimsy narrative. Mohanlal is a welcome diversion and a constant reminder that you can surprise the audience by being yourself and playing your age. No wonder they call him the complete actor. To me MT was all about the space that you give to different people at various stages of your life which leads to love, happiness and self discovery.
You enter into wedlock. Love overflows as your partner turns out to be a perfect match. Years fly by and you have a perfect family. But time changes everything around you. Monotony sets in as you get used to the mediocrity of your everyday existence. It isn’t a home anymore. It’s just a house filled with blank spaces and empty faces. What if fate gives you a chance to re-discover the lost love through your ex-girlfriend. A college re-union. The spark returns as you yearn to re-live those happy memories. It’s her again. The one that gave you your first glimpse of love. A walk along the college corridor with her re-ignites the lost flame. You realize that it’s time to let go and move on. A walk filled with meaningful pauses. A walk which gives you a sense of fulfillment. It’s a closure. In hindsight it’s just the beginning of your love story.
Your mind wanders after a brief glimpse of the past. You search for love everywhere but it’s much closer to you than you think. If a love story is meant to be destiny does play cupid. An unheard melody resonates within. Is it her? How could it be? It’s a voice which I have heard many times before. Why does it sound so different? The first ray of hope. The first step towards transforming the house into a home again. It isn’t easy to fall in love with your partner again. But you can’t help it. Hopelessly in love you walk towards her hoping to hold her hand forever.
PASSING THE BATON
Love overflows yet again. But there’s a risk the kids are watching. You have a daughter who is going through her turbulent teenage years. The hormones work overtime. What if your own love story leads to your daughter’s downfall. You keep an eye on her fearing the worst. You want to let go. You want to trust your daughter. But you are anxious. You follow her when she meets her crush. But the outcome surprises you. It’s a closure again for her teenage love story. She closes it out by saying she wants a love story which mirrors your own. What more can you ask as a father. The baton of love passes hands seamlessly. You are happy and content as you hold your princess closer to you. A walk filled with assurance trust and belief. The walk of a proud father.