Bangalore days

Anjali Menon’s second film as a director stars quite a few of the new-gen malayalam actors. At times light, at times pensive, at times ROFL-on-the-floor funny, at times trying too hard to be cool and failing beautifully, and at almost all times, entertaining, this is one pleasant way to spend a couple or so hours of your weekend. It seems to be a spin-off of Dil Chatha Hai, except now we have a female perspective amongst the protagonists.

This is the story of three cousins/school mates. Krishnan aka Kuttan (Nivin Pauly’s opening monologue at his interview about why he is in the software biz is worthy competition to any TR dialogue). Divya aka Kunju (the delightful Nazriya being her delightful self. Divya is also incidentally Revathi’s name in Mouna Ragam, one more feisty heroine character Indian cinema somehow did not crush. Anyway, THIS is why we should have female directors, to prevent the heroines from being either the maniacal heroines you find in Ayn-Rand or simpering idiots who seem to have stopped growing mentally at the age of five. I mean, even though Nazriya has a teddy bear, you don’t feel revolted at all ! Because she does other things too, like whistling for the dog to come and eat the sweets her prospective groom is trying to swallow dutifully.) And Arjun (Dulquer Salman the simultaneously angry young man and chilled out dude, rebel, school drop-out, bike mechanic and racer)

We have Fahadh Faasil as Nazriya’s husband, leading a cheerless and almost repressed life. Fahadh’s character takes a while to unravel itself. Is he self-centered (Nazriya tells us she doesn’t drink mango juice anymore because everyone prefers apple juice !), is he simply busy, is he too scared to bring affection into his life ? There are some very beautiful moments between the two throughout the movie, and the story that these two characters spin out forms one shimmering sequence of love.

Nivin Pauly plays the comedian of the gang, and he does it quite well ! We have Isha Talwar as the gorgeous Meenakshi who serves him coffee in the air. And of course you can hear Thattathin Marayathu songs in the background 😛 But almost equally as good as Nivin, are his on-screen parents, a placid father who escapes to enjoy the bhaang of Goa and a shrewish mother, a much slimmed down Kalpana, who journeys from farms in Kerala to high-rise buildings in Bangalore and tells her son to order pizza since she is too busy playing cards.

The weakest of the three stories was Arjun’s, for me. Because it is the most cinematic, most romantic and most idealistic. We have Parvathy Menon as Sarah, the differently abled radio jockey playing Dulquer’s love interest here. But the two make a cute pair, so even though they try too hard, it works most of the time.

The chemistry between the three leads is very natural, but Nivin Pauly is the clear winner. His easy banter with Dulquer and his slight-elder-brother-protective attitude towards Nazriya makes the movie work for me. After Fahad and Nazriya’s conflict is resolved, the movie sort of loses its steam. The bike racing and all the male bonding between Fahad and Dulquer is a bit too cliched and doesn’t work for me at all. But hey, that’s less than ten minutes of a very pleasant movie with gorgeous shots of Namma Bengaluru.

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One Comment on “Bangalore days”

  1. ideallaedi Says:

    […] To that person who wanted to see dulquer, nazriya and mango juice on my blog and instead only found a wordy review of Bangalore days. […]


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