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Padavettu Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : / 5

Padavettu Movie Review : An engaging story of revolution

Story: While farmers suffer and politicians continue their manipulative games, one man fights to bring change in the system

Review: The story is set in Maloor, a village in Kannur, where agriculture forms the main livelihood. Ravi (Nivin Pauly) is an athlete and sports biker, but an accident turns things upside down and he becomes an introvert and lethargic, doing nothing except playing and sitting idle in his small house. That is till another incident turns his life around once again, and he fights against the political system. Will he be able to get the support of the villagers against the politician? What happens in his life that changed him into a revolutionary activist makes the story of Padavettu.

The title stands for the ‘padavettu’ for dignity and human rights, and ‘padavettu’ against the corrupt socio-political system of this country. Through the life of Ravi, the director and writer (screenplay) depict that with steely determination there is nothing you can’t achieve. Ravi’s main setback is his fractured leg, though he’s able to do all his work without any help, he’s afraid of taking on anything tough and has an angst against the system, against people mocking him. The second point is farmers’ helplessness and grievances, caused by excess rain, drought and destruction by wild animals. The writer-director carefully weaves in all the threads and makes points one by one, and has created a gripping screenplay, except for the feeling that it is lengthy at times.

Nivin Pauly delivers a power-packed performance. His body language as a lazy, but frustrated young man is fitting, and then his change to demonstrating a fire in the fight against the system is beautiful. Nivin’s weight has been a topic of discussion on social media, but it suits the role, and in the fight sequences, his punches give an impact. Aditi Balan as Nivin’s love interest has nothing much to do, as well as Shine Tom Chacko, Indrans and Vijayaraghavan’s supporting roles display their acting chops beautifully without taking attention away from the central character.

It’s a comeback movie for Shammi Thilakan, a political leader who excels in his performance. Govind Vasantha’s music, songs with a folk touch, fiery revolutionary poems, and BGM complement the situations. Nevin’s rendition of a revolutionary poem is wonderful. The camera by Deepak Menon captures the beauty of the village, and the highlight is a night scene chase of a wild hog by Nivin and Shine.

The movie became lengthy and too much in describing the character of Ravi. The editing could have been crisper and the movie would have soared. You’ll love the movie if you love political activism, and then who doesn’t? A good timepass for the weekend.

Vinod Nair

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