Saturday, February 13, 2016

Puthiya Niyamam (2016)

My Punjabi friend and I decided to watch a Malayalam movie at the theatres for three reasons; one, because they are relatively more sensible to watch; second, you have sub-titles in english, which makes it easier to follow, and third, it is  a sweet language. 

I have watched a slew of Malayalam movies, such as Drishyam, a thriller Mohanlal starrer, 22 Female Kottayam with Fahad Fazil in the lead, but the protaganist is a woman who is out for blood, Manachitrathazhu, which had a stellar performance by Shobana (which Jyothika slaughtered in the Tamil version), Mili, a warm hearted story about the introverted misunderstood girl, played by the talented Amala Paul; Bangalore Days that traces the lives of three cousins in Bangalore, and a natural performance in Premam by the handsome Nivin Pauly.

New Testament or Puthiya Niyamam, a Malayalam starrer with Nayanthara and Mammooty in leading roles will have you spellbound. Directed by A.K.Sajan, this mystery genre revolves around the life of a middle class family, comprising Divorce Advocate and film critic Loie Pothen, his Brahmin Kathakali danseuse wife, Vasuki Loie, and daughter; in particular, the turmoil about Vasuki who goes through a strange transformation. The director has done a fine job balancing the weight of both characters and has given them the space to flourish and grow in their scenes, complementing each other beautifully. The movie reminds me of Wazir, Drishyam, and 22 Female Kottayam in parts. 

Just when you think you have it all figured out, Sajan throws you off completely with another twist. Nayanthara shines in her role and this is certainly one of her high points in her career. Mammooty as Divorce Advocate Loie who counsels his clients to live happily and sweeten the unity, does justice to his role not just as an advocate of family values, but also as a doting dad and husband whose entire life revolves around keeping his family happy. The movie can be disturbing to some, but sends out a strong message - the will to live through a tragedy that shakes your being. The easiest outlet is death, or is it? 

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