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Malayankunju Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 3.5 / 5

Malayankunju Movie Review : A gripping survival drama

Story: A survival story of Anil Kumar aka Anikutttan, who is stuck in the monsoon landslide happened

Review: Anikuttan (Fahadh Faasil), an electrician by profession lives in a village near Wayanad with his mother Shanta (Jaya Kurup). His father Radhakrishnan (Jaffer Idukki) had committed suicide because his daughter ran away on her marriage day. This trauma haunts Anikuttan always and he looks down at the lower caste and gets irritated by sounds, even an infant’s cry disturbs him.

One monsoon, when it starts to rain heavily, neighbours plan to go to the camp, but he refuses. And that night a landslide hits and he gets trapped under. What happens to Anikuttan, will he survive and what happens to his mother forms the rest of the movie.

Fahadh Faasil is superb, the two kinds of characteristics, before the landslide and post landslide is portrayed by him with ease and perfection; the movie belongs to him. As the traumatised son, a brother who doesn’t want to forgive his sister, and his behavior as someone tough on the outside but very soft emotionally, is played to perfection.

The movie’s second half talks about the landslide that happened a year back at Rajamala near Wayanad. Watching the scenes gives you shock waves, of how difficult and how traumatic it might have been for those who went through the pain. Post-interval the movie is like seeing death face to face; it gets into your veins, and is fantastic technically, visually and acting-wise. All the other characters handled their parts beautifully, Indrans as Anikuttan’s uncle Surendran, Jaffer Idukki, and Rajisha Vijayan as Anikuttan’s sister did justice to their characters. Sajimon’s direction is wonderful, and he has done a great job with his actors.

This is a must-watch movie for Fahad’s performance.
V Vinod Nair

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