Ishq – Flipping The Bird

It has become a cliche by now to say that Malayalam cinema is among the very best that India has to offer. One of the aspects that sets them apart from the rest is the way they look at a story and approach it in a different manner. This is precisely what makes Ishq a fascinating film. In his review, Baradwaj Rangan said that the film becomes more impressive the more you think about it, and he is absolutely right. It takes some time to register what is happening on screen and when we finally process it, the effect is quite astonishing.

It is hard to talk about this film without mentioning certain scenes but I will try my best. You need to go into this film knowing as little as possible and then the effect gets amplified. The script by Ratheesh Ravi is one that takes a look at patriarchy and manhood from a different angle which is one that hasn’t really been explored much in Indian cinema. There are many stretches in this film that will make you uncomfortable and there is a reason behind that. The makers want you to feel every bit of the ordeal that the characters go through.

image

Shane Nigam continues his ascent as an actor that reached great heights with Kumbalangi Nights and with Ishq, he shows a different side to him and it is thrilling to witness. The cast is rounded off with some stunning work from Shine Tom Chacko, Ann Sheetal, Jaffer Idukki and Leona Lishoy. Another strength of Malayalam cinema has been its casting and this film is further proof of that.

The essence of Ishq can be seen in the mirror events that happen in the first and second half. This is a brilliantly conceived film but to be fair, at times the length feels a little stretched. But given how much is unfolding and the meaning behind all of it, it makes it a experience worth watching. The title will not make sense unless you have seen the film but the moment the bird was flipped, I wanted to whistle with joy. Powerful performances with intriguing characters make a deadly combination and that is exactly what Ishq is.

 

 

 

Kumbalangi Nights – It’s A Wonderful Life

There is a certain kind of charm that Malayalam cinema has which makes it stand out from the rest. It is a way of showing realistic things in a cinematic manner. This is the only I can describe it and it is on full display in the masterful Kumbalangi Nights. 

From director Madhu C. Narayanan and writer Shyam Pushkaran we get a film that is about so many aspects of life. The bonds that the brothers share, to the love that blossoms between different characters, what makes the film work is an organic flow.

And if there is another factor that makes Malayalam cinema great is its ability to find beauty in even the simplest shots. In this film, there are certain shots that look like paintings come to life. This is evident prominently in the love story between Bobby and Baby.

Now, we must talk about the trump card of the film, Fahaadh Faasil. Let me just say that I am going to watch any film that he is a part of. This is a man who is in absolute control of his craft and is so good at it, it seems unfair to the rest.

His character is what elevates this film from being a family drama to a dramatic rush. To reveal more about him and what he does, would rob you of the delight of seeing him act. Try not to read too much about the film before seeing it and you are sure to be blown away.

The background score by Sushin Shyam deserves a special mention as it is perfect in many parts of the film. An experience like this will make you appreciate cinema a little more. Not because it is showing something out of this world but for showing that there is more to be said and shown within what we have seen already.

For me, trying to analyze a film such as this is a tough task as I was completely sucked into the world of Kumbalangi Nights. Movies such as this need to felt rather than taken apart. And for providing us with something that makes us feel so much and so beautifully, thank you to everyone part of this film.

Until next time, bye.