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We recommend a highly vibrant film from Mollywood - the multi-starrer Bangalore Days.
Director - Anjali Menon
Producer - Anwar Rasheed, Sophia Paul
Music - Gopi Sunder
Cast - Nazriya Nazim, Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Fahadh Faasil, Parvathy, Isha Talwar
Anjali Menon’s ‘Bangalore Days’ is a heart-warming tale of three cousins who share a close knit bond since childhood. The film is delicate in portraying the emotional element in the lives of the lead cast, without going overboard, at the same time bringing in the exuberant times shared by the young cousins.
Three cousins, Divya (Nazriya Nazim), Kuttan (Nivin Pauly)and Arjun (Dulquer Salmaan) end up in Bangalore which had been their dream city since their childhood. Divya, a bubbly and happy-go-lucky girl marries Das ( Fahadh Faasil), a sober and a cleanliness freak. Unlike her carefree and friendly nature, Das is a loner who loves his private space, which he hates being intruded into. This difference in their persona coupled with his past failed love life create a discord in their marriage. As a result, they share a cold relationship. Divya is caught between her cousins, whom she adore, and her husband who never loses the opportunity to criticize her and her cousins. Nazriya is perfectly cast as Divya and has done justice to the character with her charisma. Meanwhile, Fahadh as a cold husband easily draws hatred from the spectators and his body language, his eyes, in particular, convey a wide range of emotions.
Kuttan is a new recruit in a software company, who detest the ways of a city life and pines to get back to his peaceful village life but for his mother, played by veteran actress, Kalpana. She had toiled to see her son as a software engineer in a big city and only a seasoned actor of Kalpana’s caliber can evoke laughter through her mannerisms. Kuttan’s brief love story with Meenakshi (Isha Talwar), an air hostess, is both fun and thought provoking, in showing how he had ended up being used by her to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. Isha Talwar sizzles in her brief screen presence and looks eternally beautiful. Nivin Pauly is aptly cast as the innocent youngster and he makes use of it to the fullest with his witty dialogues and underplayed emotions.
But the film goes to Dulquer Salmaan, who has flawlessly brought life to Arjun. Arjun, a school drop-out had an unhappy childhood and was ousted by his own, ambitious parents, who considered him a failure. He found solace in his cousins and in his passion for bike-racing. He has played the angry young man avatar perfectly. He falls in love with a paraplegic RJ, Sarah, brilliantly played by Parvathy. The wheelchair- bound Parvathy emote with her eyes and lips and shows how terrific an actor she is. But, Sarah being the ambitious kind, who was pressurized by her mother to migrate to Sydney, begins to drift away from Arjun, leaving him hopeless and desperate.
How Divya succeeds in getting Das to love her back, how Kuttan and Arjun go ahead in their love life and how Arjun ends up as a sought after bike- racer form the rest of the story. What is particularly gripping is the vibrancy the actors have brought on-screen.
Support Cast and Technical Team
Nithya Menen, Prathap Pothen, Vinaya Prasad, Vijaya Raghavan, Praveena and Maniyanpilla Raju have done justice to their roles, though their screen time is limited. Each character has its own value and there aren’t any redundant portrayals. I had not found a single actor who had been miscast and everyone blends perfectly into the milieu of the movie. The music is soulful at times and foot-tapping whenever required and gels well with the mood of the film. Credits to Gopi Sunder for rendering a musical extravaganza. Sameer Tahir, the magical cinematographer, has captured Bangalore beautifully in his frames leaving us spell bound.
The Master Director
The director has time and again proved that she is a master in portraying relationships perfectly on screen. Among the contemporary directors, only someone like Anjali Menon is found to be capable of showcasing poignantly such high voltage emotions without over-doing them. How the lead actors dealt with the ups and downs in their lives - be it their love life, break-ups, marital discord and the zeal to chase their passion are brought out with immense craftsmanship. The film is a blend of attention to detail, power packed performances from the young actors, visually-appealing scenes and note-worthy music. The stereotype of joint family dramas is meticulously broken and shows the viewer how well the cousins bonded compared to their previous generation of family members.
The film can be enjoyed by people of all ages, as everyone has a takeaway that they can relate to in their real life. Though the movie is high on emotions, it does not leave us teary eyed and can guarantee a full two and half hours of pure entertainment. The chemistry between the cousins is a delight to watch and leave the audience wanting for more of such real time cousin-bonding situations. The powerhouse performers of the present Malayalam film industry have got their fair and equal share of screen space and satisfy their respective fans. Only a few movies are capable of leaving such a deep impression on the viewer and Bangalore Days is definitely on top of the list.
Highly recommended - 3.5 stars out of 5