Critic’s Rating : 3.5 / 5
Koli Taal Movie Review : A heartwarming tale filled with light-hearted moments
Review: Young indie filmmaker Abhilash Shetty brings forth the flavours of Malnad in his film Koli Taal. The film has been a regular in the festival circuits and sees its theatrical release this week. It is a simple, rustic tale of emotions and the village way of life, replete with quirks and antics. This might not be that edge-of-your-seat watch, but it does bring those smiles and offers a different experience.
The film is about an elderly couple, excited about the visit of their city-bred grandson. They leave no stone unturned to ensure that his visit back home is nothing short of perfect, with their showstopper item being his favourite koli taal. They have selected the prized chicken that will be used for the same. But, when the chicken goes missing, a heartwarming comedy of errors follows.
This film has the characters and setting right. The stern patriarch, the doting grandmother, the indifferent city-bred grandson, the superstitions, astrology-resorting village folks and the quirky estate workers, each of these aspects gives a peek into the simple yet complex lives that Abhilash chooses to showcase. The film is short – just over 90 minutes.
The light watch does have some parts that might be a bit stretched, but it is eventually a beautiful showcase of human emotions that is definitely worth a trip to the cinema halls for those who want something different from the run-of-the-mill commercial entertainers.