25 April 2018 | skg009
A beautiful concept
It was not until the movie came in Netflix that I saw the movie and glad I did. The movie is a combination of 4 different short movies with each one not connected to another. Each movie has a different story line and different characters. The shining star of the series is Dulquer Salman and the failing star is all the lead actresses.
The first short movie, based on Water is about a blind woman falling in love with a guy who has stuttering issue. Dulquer's hair is beautiful, had to say about it. The story revolves around how the couple fall in love and what happens later. I loved the way it is shot and the confusion it creates in the mind of one watching. Since there is back and forth movement in the story line, it is easy to get lost, trying to think if the event is in present or in the past.
Dulquer as a college boy, an unemployed youth dons the role very well. It's easy to get connected to him and his emotions. Dhansika, is probably better than all other lead actresses and hence, one may feel she has done a good job. In reality, if observed alone, Dhansika does a poor job of enacting a blind girl. It's tough to look at her and say, 'Hey, she is blind'. There is a moment of her doing a stunt with sticks and it looked really cool. Apart from that, she was pretty bland throughout the movie.
Wind is my favorite. I can't dwell into the story line for the fear of accidentally revealing the plot. It's filled with twists and turns and even could have been a full blown movie. Dulquer plays his role with ease and perfection. The role he portrays is consistent across the short story. It's a must watch. The lead actress falls well short of expectations. It's not that she does a bad role, it's that she doesn't do much either. A pretty doll, like the rest of them.
The 3rd part, I forgot which element it was, is where Dulquer plays the role of a don. In the entire short story, he doesn't have a dialogue and yet we get a convincing performance of a don. The lead singer from Thaikuddam Bridge plays the role of Dulquer's compatriot and he looks the part. It's unfortunate that Manoj K Jayan didn't have much to do in the movie apart from looking as the care taker of Dulquer. He does any role handed over to him with ease and thank the God's for having him in Malayalam movie industry. The actress, who plays the Lover/Girlfriend/Mistress, fails to connect with the audience as a distraught women. There is no background story as to why she is so pissed with Dulquer's character.
The 4th part, which has a stellar cast, is the one that let me down. It depends on how you take the story. I found it unclear on why the leading lady decided to stay out of touch with her boyfriend for so long time (While there is a background to it, I found it unconvincing). There is also the twist which I found it difficult to absorb. It's not that the twist was surprise for me, to come at a moment as in the movie, I have my doubts. With Suhasini Manirathnam, Nasar at the lead, the story could have involved the acting prowess of these actors a lot more. May be it was shortage of time that forced the director to show little of these actors. The actress was pretty lame. Apart from looking like a doll, the actress had nothing to show for as a skill. The boxing fight was bad. If the guy, as said in the movie, is a national boxing champion, then let me tell you, he knows nothing of boxing. The basic hand holding posture is wrong and so are the movements. I can understand they didn't want to spend time and money choreographing a sequence that lasts only few seconds, yet, it was a letdown.
Overall the entire series is an experiment that's worth watching. You may or may not love the entire story line but you will definitely leave the theatre/Netflix thinking about part of the stories and how different it could have happened.