Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho
- 2h 27min
Ayappa's strongly wishes to travel by airplane. Kochavva helps the child to achieve this through his optimistic and practical ways. Ayappa learns what you love is important than what you wis... Read allAyappa's strongly wishes to travel by airplane. Kochavva helps the child to achieve this through his optimistic and practical ways. Ayappa learns what you love is important than what you wish in life.Ayappa's strongly wishes to travel by airplane. Kochavva helps the child to achieve this through his optimistic and practical ways. Ayappa learns what you love is important than what you wish in life.
Appu (Rudraksh Sudheesh) is a young boy who has only one dream: to fly in an airplane. The fact that his father works in the Gulf is a positive driving element for his dream, but every time he packs his bags and gets ready to fly, something or the other comes in the way and prevents him from even moving out of his house. On the verge of losing hope (and total happiness), Appu is inadvertently consoled by Kochavva (Kunchacko Boban), a village Samaritan who has set aside his life for the betterment of the village and its kids. A staunch believer in Paulo Coelho's acclaimed inspirational fiction novel, "The Alchemist", Kochavva instills the book's teachings onto the kids. This gives a new ray of hope to Appu as Kochavva decides to help him out.
The film has a very interesting story, and is definitely made with a lot of heart. However, the way the writers have dragged the narrative is what affects the film's credibility. Appu's quest to get in an aircraft is delayed, sometimes naturally, but the remaining times arbitrarily only to turn the film into a 150-minute drama fest. Most of the second half look contrived, and the climax, although satisfying, looks heavily made-up. It just doesn't come out naturally. And, the haphazard editing should also be blamed.
On the other hand, the beautiful sequences shot in the hilly, green areas of Idukki, Kerala that ushers the audience into the film is enough to make you interested. You will possibly have a discussion with your family members or friends about visiting that pond they show in the film. It is delightful to watch the first half unfold as we empathize with Appu. With a smart first half driven by powerful performances and great background score, it is one of those films that cannot be termed a disappointment.
Boban comes in only towards the end of first half, and overall puts up a good show. But, it is Sudheesh Jr. who steals the limelight with his easy performance. We cannot call his performance great, but the emotions that Siva would have wanted to convey through him doesn't get lost. Supporting cast like Nedumudi Venu, Anusree, Mukesh, and Aju Varghese among others also do a decent job.
Overall, the film would be a perfect afternoon watch for a family. But, don't go in expecting anything extraordinary. There isn't.
BOTTOM LINE: Sidharth Siva's "Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho" may have a title that is hard to pronounce and digest, but it has a story that definitely has substance to melt your heart. Rent a DVD.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES
- Dec 21, 2016