The last weekend had been quite epic with all the new releases that were worth your time. But the one film that stood out was the Malayalam flick Drishyam 2, a sequel to the 2013 film Drishyam. But very few people were aware of another Malayalam film premiering on Netflix called Love. And if it is from the Malayalam industry then you ought to take notice. Is it worth your time though? Stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Love is the story of….well I will not be revealing the story here as anything I say will act as a spoiler and it might hamper your movie watching experience. All I can say is that this is a black comedy wrapped in a psychological thriller and it is bloody brilliant. The screenplay is such that it plays mindgames with you even after the film has ended. The screenplay engages you in the first 5 minutes, with a 7 minute slow-mo depicting an incident between the two protagonists. It is so spine chilling that you are sucked into the drama instantly. What follows are a sequence of events with shades of black comedy, with multiple twists towards the end – and that final twist in the tale just before the end credits that will force you to scratch your head and wrack up your brains. Masterful storytelling!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are minimal and they create a lasting impact. The BGM is haunting, one of the pillars of this drama that heightens the tension in so many places. Director Khalid Rahman has done an outstanding job here. The entire film was announced and shot during lockdown and the end result is an absolute masterpiece!
The performances are brilliant. Sudha Koppa and Veena Nandhakumar shine in sparkling cameos. Gokulan is absolutely first rate and his buffoonery provides some comic relief to the drama. But the two stars of the show are Shine Tom Chacko as Anoop and Rajisha Vijayan as Deepthi that truely provide an acting masterclass. Chacko has minimal dialogues to play with and he relies on his expressions to portray a rather complex character. And Rajisha is so impactful with zero dialogues for most parts of the movie. A memorable outing for both of them!
Love is one of the best psychological mindfucks of recent times, a thriller that will stay with you long after it has ended. The Malayalam industry are truely the torch bearers in India and they are on fire! Love available on Netflix and Highly Highly Highly Recommended.