Write & Watch

Salesh Dipak Fernando



Malayalam cinema stuns once again. Siddhartha Shiva decides to scratch the surface of an ideology and does it admirably well aided by star whose irresistible charm helps in decoding a compelling message. Right from frame one the intent of the maker screams through the big screen. He goes all out leaving no stone unturned in making sure that his ideology makes an impression on all those who were watching it on the big screen.

The Name:

When the film starts off both Krishnan and Krishna Kumar are two different and distinct personalities. But there comes a point when the two personalities merge to become one and the same but as an audience you don’t find it difficult to connect and root for a remarkable transition. The name is the first subtle hint on Krishna Kumar’s metamorphosis.

The Mirror:

As an audience you are never allowed to have a glimpse of Sakhavu Krishnan’s physical appearance. Instead Siddhartha Siva uses the mirror to give us an insight on Krishna Kumar’s thought process as he visualizes himself as Sakhavu Krishnan. This visualization is of utmost importance for you to empathize with Krishna Kumar beyond his supposed flaws.  You see Sakhavu Krishnan through Krishna Kumar’s eyes from the beginning to the end.  That is exactly how we imbibe our favorite person’s personality traits within us.  

The Time:

More often than not stories that remain compelling on paper turn out to be shoddy final products on the big screen because we are never given time to identify and connect with a character. But Siddhartha Siva takes his time with carefully etched sequences to help us understand who Krishna Kumar is.  Slowly but surely you identify yourselves with Krishna Kumar’s beliefs and perceptions. Beyond a point it doesn’t matter how shallow his beliefs are. You wait in anticipation as the character grows on you.  

The Aura:

Sakhavu is an interesting lesson on how to use an actor’s charm and aura to hit the nail on the head in one sequence after another.  The director makes use Nivin Pauly’s inherent strengths as an actor to make sure the message leaves a permanent impression in the minds of his audience and Nivin Pauly’s aides the maker with subtle variations in body language to convey a shift in perception and the ideological differences between the two main leads.

Malayalam cinema once again gives us a lesson on how to fit a star in a compelling narrative. I wonder when the other industries will follow suit.  For now I can only hope.




I guess the title says it all. 1983 – The most significant year in Indian cricketing history. The year India lifted it’s first cricket world cup. It’s the story of all of us. It’s a story of how the euphoria of a single sporting event can ignite a passion towards the game.

The film hits the right notes from the very first scene – It’s a wonderful parallel to how the 96 World Cup impacted our own lives and made us look at cricket as a religion. For people who don’t know the game it’s madness. For the fanatics who follow every ball without blinking their eyes it’s passion.
Along the way there is lost love, a lesson in how life always gives us a chance to redeem ourselves and re-live our dreams. There is a saying that hard work pays but the film in it’s own subtle way reminds us that relentless passion has it’s own rewards too.
There’s bonding, hope and warmth – an endearing mix of all the right ingredients. Nivin Pauly is impeccable as the cricket fanatic. It’s good to see someone from the younger brigade take up such a versatile role. Niki Galrani is ravishing. The real surprise though is Srindha Ashab as the innocent housewife. The scene before the interval is an absolute treat. Anoop Menon and Joy Mathew play their parts to perfection.
Gopi Sundar’s melodies takes you back to the days of maestro Illayaraja especially Olanjali Kuruvi track. Abrid Shine takes up a theme which appeals to the masses and delivers a film which is sure to tug your heart.
My Rating 4.5/5

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén

%d bloggers like this: