When it comes to Malayalam movies, there aren’t many protagonists who play thieves or burglars, there has been smugglers, other sorts of criminals but very few thieves. And one such thief who stole the hearts of audience years back was none other than Madhavan of the small village called Chek, yes, from the one and only Meesha Madhavan, undoubtedly the best movie of Dileep.
And now, we’ve come to see another thief who has managed to escape scot-free after stealing our hearts, behold Fahadh Faasil’s Prasad, in Dileesh Pothen’s latest masterpiece Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum!
Acting, or perhaps living?
From the forgetful performance long ago in Kai Ethum Doorath, Fahadh Faasil has managed to come millions of galaxies apart to what he is now, and he never ceases to surprise us with his natural acting. We saw him and Dileesh Pothen create a magic last year through Maheshinte Prathikaram which dealt a very small subject, and now the magic is strong in this film. Fahadh Faasil’s acting was so effortless in almost every shot that he is present, and it was as if he’s a thief for real! He is among the very few actors in Malayalam film industry these days who have built their own rightful place in the hearts of the viewers.
The notable performance by Suraaj Venjaramood is something which I would like to comment on next, this should be by far his best ever performance in a character role (I haven’t seen Perariyathavar so far though, but this is what I feel), with the small cameo in Action Hero Biju and the throughout role in this movie as ‘Saakshi’, Suraaj has proved to all of us that he too can handle serious character roles. He has indeed come a long way from coaching Mammootty for Rajamanikyam to speak in Trivandrum ‘slang’ to being mere comic relief in many movies.
Through Nimisha Sajayan, Malayalam Movie industry has a new lead actress to look out for, despite her first-ever movie appearance, she has handled the role in this movie with a commendable effort. Sibi Thomas, a debutant who plays the role of Sub-Inspector in this movie is a Circle Inspector in real life and he has proved it once again that “കാക്കിക്കുള്ളിലും കലാഹൃദയം ഉണ്ടാകാം.”
Our very own Baby Chettan, Alancier Lopez rocked his role this time too as the police constable in the movie. In all, I would like to say that nobody was acting in Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, they were all living their lives and camera happened to follow them around…
That’s what everybody was muttering when they came out of cinema halls after watching Maheshinte Prathikaram, now with Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, he has managed to create the same effect on the audience for the second time. Nobody would believe that this was his second movie as a director. With the first movie, he showed us the beauty of Idukki and now it was time for Alleppey-Vaikom. The story was presented very well in this movie and it would be hard to believe that this is a movie at all, it’s all like magic, we’re transported as a whole to a different world and this story happens around us. Thank you, Mr Dileesh Pothen for this treasure you gave us to cherish.
Start… Camera… Action
Cinematography by Rajeev Ravi was simply out of this world, I don’t know the technicalities but it was as if a beautiful picture is being drawn at every single frame! The sparkle in Fahadh’s eyes during the last frame of first half alone is the best example of the level of work done in this movie.
Other folks, we have to thank for this amazing piece of work is, Music Director Bijibal for his background scores that took the entire story to a whole new level, Kiran Das for the wonderful editing and last but not the least, Sajeev Pazhur for writing this story without which nothing would’ve been possible.
Dileesh Pothen and Fahadh Faasil team have set their stakes too high with Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum and I’m expecting better stuff from the duo in future.