Diwali, the festival of lights is almost here and thankfully the pandemic seems to be at bay atleast for now. And I can almost feel the festivities around me after a long nightmare. And so this weekend will bring to us many new films including the much awaited Sooryavanshi which I will try to review as well. But before that let me try squeezing in a review of a Malayalam film Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam that had released on SonyLiv last weekend. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam follows the story of a family who are preparing for their daughter’s engagement until it opens a can of worms. The story is a satire and with satires the writing has to be strong to hold your attention throughout. And yet again at the cost of repeating myself, the writing here is outstanding! The screenplay is short and crisp and to the point. A house preparing for an engagement ceremony is nicely presented. And with a bunch of characters with distinct personalities, this one is a laugh riot. The situations created have that sense of relatability and because it is relatable, the humour is automatically generated. And the screenplay is nicely layered with a layer being peeled out every 10 minutes that changes the dynamics every now and then. Here let me also point out that the humour is not the one that will make you laugh hysterically. The moments are quiet and subtle that will put a smile on your face. The drama maintains a level of interest throughout culminating into a hilarious final act where all hell breaks loose. The writing is extremely impressive here that will keep you hooked and booked.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are quirky although I must admit a few of them are lost in translation. The music is good and so is the BGM. Director Senna Hegde has done a tremendous job. Not only does he manage to hold the proceedings together but is also able to extract humour which means an excellent job done.
Probably the last time that I had enjoyed a bunch of newcomers together was in the Malayalam film Angamaly Diaries. Here I got that feeling yet again. The performances are outstanding. Rajesh Madhavan as Mani is downright hilarious. Anagha Narayanan as Suja has a very layered role and she is truely fabulous in it. Arjun Ashokan as Ratheesh is wonderfully restrained and does manage to make you chuckle as well. Ajisha Prabhakaran as Lalitha is excellent and the patriarch of the family Manoj K U as Vijayan is brilliant and just so natural in his portrayal.
Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam is a brilliant satire and for the millionth time yet another winner coming from the Malayalam Film Industry. Available on SonyLiv and Highly Recommended.