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Kumbalangi Nights - Malayalam

Baar Baar Dekho, Hazar Baar Dekho, Ke Dekh Ne aur feel Karne Ki Cheez Hai Hamari yeah Kumbalngi Nights. That's the way i would like to describe this sensational debut from director Madhu C Narayanan. The film revolves around a dysfunctional family of four brothers who share a love-hate relationship with each other. How they forgo the past and move along embracing the hope forms the crux of the story. I can't recall being so profoundly moved by a film in recent past from Malayalam. Its a rare kind of movie experience that doesn't easily relinquish its hold on the audience for a quiet a long time. The film is beautifully understated, abstaining sentimentality in favor of raw emotion, slap stick comedy in favor of authentic humor and letting the story flow itself. Its such an important film that needs to be treasured and studied by all film makers on how to make a film that connect with people. Its a kind of experience that you forget you're in a cinema but rather in Kumbalangi (suburb island in Kochi) for 2 hours and feeling their lives. Kudos to the director for doing an amazing job of engaging the audience, introducing a brilliant casting , and making the audience experience the reality. There are appropriately no words strong enough to convey the haunting beauty of the visuals and simple music showcased throughout the movie. In terms of performance Fahad addresses himself as 'Raymond A complete man' with dark shades in character reminded me on Jack Nicholson in The Shining and he literally gets under the skin. Soubin yet again proves his worth and he was a revelation on how he conveyed the various emotions. With the mix of local culture ,dialects and progressive thoughts this compelling directorial debut film is a must must watch for all movie lovers. I am going with a rare 4.5/5 for this little gem of a movie.

Verdict - 4.5/5(Pure cinema)

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