Saturday, July 17, 2010

Apoorva Raagam

Medium : Malayalam
Starring : Nishan, Asif Ali, Nithya
Director : Sibi Malayil

Music : Vidyasagar, Biji Bal (bg score)

This week witnessed the release of another malayalam movie without many experienced
faces coming in the lead roles. Nishan and Asif Ali once gain joined hands after 'Rithu' and Nithya ('Aakasha Gopuram', 'Happy Journey' in 'Kerala Cafe' fame) are those lucky artists. One of the senior directors in the field, Sibi Malayil has directed the project, titled 'Apoorva Raagam'. It is a fact that the master craftsman who was capable of delivering versatile hits like 'Thaniyaavarthanam', 'August 1', 'His Highness Abdullah' and 'Summer In Bethlehem' once, has not got any big surprises in the last 7-8years other than 'Ente Veedu Apoontem'. Any way Sibi has tried his luck with new script writers G.S.Anand and Najim Koya. It is produced by Siyad Koker and distributed by Gokulam Gopalan. Ajayan Vincent who gave the colorful visuals in movies like 'Bhramaram' and 'Aagathan' is the cinematographer.

Roopesh (Nishan) and Tomy (Asif Ali) are close friends studying in a college. Nancy (Nithya)
who belongs to the rich family, is a student of the same college. Roopesh is fond of Nancy, and soon they loves each other. Thus developed a series of incidents till the climax of 'Apoorva Raagam'. (i can't mention the story in detail, its better you watch...)

The new writers had developed an excellent script here and the director with all his experience did a wonderful job. The humor treatment of the college episode is the best example. Such scenes are arranged in a realistic way, knowing the pulse of the youths. The dialogues used in the movie needs special mention. The transitions happening from one scene to other are also done neatly. The twist and turns happening in every reel is beyond our expectation. The new comers who did the companion roles of the heroes and the old man who came in the heroine's father's role have done their best. The melodrama happening in the second half could have been cut short, but we know that in such a situation it can't be avoided.

The film is colorful and technically perfect in every department. Cinematographer Ajayan
Vincent, who comes from the living legend Vincent master's family, had once again did a promising job through some rich visuals. Editor Bijith Bala had given some neat cuts. Vidyasagar's couple of fast numbers won't be the best, but it goes with the mood. Bg score by Biji Bal is excellent and gave the tempo it required. Fight sequences by Thyagarajan is not an over doze. Dubbing department has done their part well for the majority of characters and Shammi Thilakan, Sharath, Harishanth etc needs claps in such an area along with the girl who gave voice for heroine's friend.

From the output, it is evident that the new script writers G.S.Anand and Najim Koya did a good home work for developing such a theme. The fast paced style in story telling by the director Sibi Malayil has helped the project to lift a lot. Nithya is charming and done well in the heroine's role. Her actions and emotions are attractive. Asif Ali, who did the guest role in 'Kadha Thudarunnu', had got a different range here and has performed well. Though there are ups and down in executing the role, Nishan also suits the character.

It is good to have hero oriented subjects, but at the same time please
don't avoid different attempts like 'Apoorva Raagam' also. Other than simply sitting and raising criticism (by praising other language movies), it is better to watch it and welcome more like this in future.

'Apoorva Raagam' is an youthful romantic thriller which has ever happened in malayalam in the recent past.

Rating : 8 / 10


Anonymous said...

Apoorvaragam is really a new experience.

പ്രേക്ഷകന്‍ said...

its a must and must watch movie...
pls dont miss it.