6 June 2013 | Jay-Avengers
An ultra slow romantic movie
Bored with the action-drama-family thrillers of superstars, the Malayalam cinema's new directors are trying to find a middle path. If you have been a Malaylam movie fanatic since the 80s, you would have witnessed similar trends in the late 70s and early 80s, with slow movies that mostly have sad endings.
Annayum Rasoolum treads a similar path.
The story is basic of inter-caste love, but the treatment is new, as religion/caste is nowhere impressed upon much.
The Director does well to cover Kochi's life surrounding the lead actors and the cinematography compliments the director's vision.
Of the cast, Fahad excels in the role of Rasool, and executes it perfectly.
Andrea as Anna however doesn't convince much, and she looks more like an amateur. Characterwise her looks are fine on screen, but her dialogue delivery and emotions leave much to be appreciated.
Most of the scenes of the movie are not connected with the core story. This makes the movie a bit lengthy. Some crisp editing would have kept the audience more glued to the screen, who otherwise lose connection with the main story, and the eagerness to know what happens next is cut down quite a few times, upsetting the rhythm.
The director tries to keep the story real, but falters at quite a few places, like in the end things happen too soon, after a slow and dreary pace for almost 3/4th part of the film. The climax scenes doesn't do any justice, and it is as if director is in real hurry to give some sort of end to the story.
An example would be of how the police came to know about Rasool so soon. When the movie has time to show scenes that is unrelated to the love couples, it should have shown how the police got the information of Rasool, as that was more relevant and important as an audience than showing Rasool's brother fighting with the police for his visa, or the story of the Ashley, who incidentally is the narrator of the story.
Here too there is no logic, as the narrator should have an equal meaty or important role to play, but except him being lucky in the end, there is nothing much to Ashley's in Rasool's love story or life.
The best narration I could remember is that of Madahavan in Hindi's iconic movie 3-Idiots, and it remains etched in your memory forever. The director tried to create the same magic, but falters.
Then there is a character styled on the lines of Bikoo Mhatre from Satya, played by Shine Tom with whom Rasool spends most of the time, and also gets in to trouble a few times.
Shine, like Fahad, plays the character to perfection, but until his final act, the movie never does justice to his character too.
Overall the movie doesn't lift your emotions to any new level, because it always drifts away whenever there is some kind of hope, and the characters and their stories look half-baked.
Commercially the movie did generate quite a lot of attention and did well. The reason, because this is the period of revolution in Malayalam cinema, just like in the 70s and 80s, and any thing new will be grabbed with both hands by the public.
However, drama, emotion and family movies will be back to the main stream Malayalam cinema, though in a new avatar and people will slowly forget all about Anna, though Rasool will still stay etched in movie goers mind, especially the young uns, who are part of this new wave revolution.