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Review By : Movie Run Time : 1 hour 54 minutes
Censor Rating : U
Genre : Drama, Thriller
Malayankunju (aka) Malayan Kunju review
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Production: Fazil
Cast: Fahad Fazil
Direction: Sajimon Prabhakar
Screenplay: Mahesh Narayan
Story: Mahesh Narayan
Music: AR Rahman
Background score: AR Rahman
Cinematography: Mahesh Narayanan

If you have already seen the trailer, you know what is in store. A recluse trapped in a landslide and how he gets out of it. Though the story is pretty straightforward one-liner, the transformation of the protagonist as he tries to navigate through a life changing obstacle makes the film a compelling watch.

Fahadh as Anil Kuttan draws you in immediately. He carries the film from start to finish on his able shoulders. You actually despised him in the beginning, especially his attitude towards other people and his casteist behaviour. But his journey of self-realization helps the audience to empathize with him. Fahadh once again proves that he is one of the finest actors in the country with an impeccable performance.

The art direction by Jothish Shankar's team and cinematography by Mahesh Narayanan himself is truly superlative. Their work makes us forget that it is all just work and helps us to connect with the protagonist's struggle for survival. There are moments which take your breath away as you relish the work put in to provide an awe-inspiring theatrical experience.

The supporting cast led by Rajisha Vijayan pitch in with what is required as each of them deliver with a neat performance. AR Rahman's return to Malayalam cinema works in parts. There are moments where the BGM is awesome and there are moments which make you feel that silence could have been a better alternative.

Malayan Kunju is a tale of two halves. The setting up of Anil's character is all very neatly done. But the quest for survival loses steam at certain points. The sudden transformation of a man who has been mean to people seemed a little rushed. But Fahadh's presence and measured performance blindsides us into rooting for Anil.

The film's commentary on casteism is commendable even as Fahadh is forced to look inside and outside and mend his ways.

Mahesh Narayanan has written the story.  Looks like he has a liking for stories based on survival. Much like Take-off which had nurses trying to get out of a hostile situation, this one too has all the odds stacked against the protagonist.

Sajimon is quite impressive in his debut venture. A survival thriller could go horribly wrong if not done right. But Sajimon holds your attention for most parts despite the occasional blips. Sajimon also succeeds in delivering a near perfect theatrical experience.

Verdict: A well-made survival thriller with a commanding performance by Fahadh.


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Malayankunju (aka) Malayan Kunju

Malayankunju (aka) Malayan Kunju is a Malayalam movie. Fahad Fazil are part of the cast of Malayankunju (aka) Malayan Kunju. The movie is directed by Sajimon Prabhakar. Music is by AR Rahman. Production by Fazil, cinematography by Mahesh Narayanan.