Hey Jude has been in the news all along for its powerhouse cast comprising Nivin Pauly and Trisha, who makes her Malayalam debut. Hey Jude is directed by Shyamaprasad with help from Nirmal Sahadev and George Kanatt in the screenplay department.
A feel-good love story about two oddballs, who help each other overcome their personal issues, Hey Jude has love as the underlying emotion all along. The film doesn't seem to be in any hurry to get going and its pace is relaxed, much like the Goan way of living. In fact, the first 20 minutes are used nothing but to establish the characters.
Hey Jude also offers us some light-hearted natural humour that works very well. There isn't a shortage of poignant moments too and at the end of it all, we are bound to feel good with the way it all resolves.
The cast makes it work big time. Nivin Pauly plays an autistic person, one of the most challenging roles in his career but he makes it look so easy and as a result, the movie feels very natural.
Trisha brings her experience to the floor; apart from looking angelic, she carries her role off with her typical confidence. Maybe a few more scenes between the lead pair could have helped the chemistry even more. Siddique and Vijay Menon have done their parts really well. Having said that, a money-minded businessman (Siddique) changing his perspectives about his son overnight, sounds a little superficial. Even scenes that come after that are slightly dramatic.
Girish Gangadharan's visuals shot mostly in the beautiful city of Goa is exotic and pleasant, making good use of lush and fertile landscape. Hey Jude is a musical, not the typical Kerala style but more of western. The background score is so aptly soaked along with the script that goes at a nominal pace.