Forged: Anaswara Rajan, Joju George, Anjali Nair, Sirajudeen Nazir
Director: Shanil Muhammed
Shanil Muhammed’s new movie could have been a superb candidate to name itself “Boyhood” as a substitute of the generic “Aviyal”. Like Linklater’s traditional Boyhood, this too is claimed to be shot with lengthy breaks in between the 4 chapters to seize the essence of a boy rising as much as turn into a person. It’s one other a kind of coming-of-age tales with every chapter being bookended by a lady the protagonist Krishnan (Sirajudeen) falls in love with at every time limit. However in contrast to Premam, the primary movie that involves thoughts, it’s extra Autograph in its capturing philosophy. Aviyal too has been shot by a number of cinematographers (Ravi Ok Chandran, Sudeep Elamon, Jimshi Khalid and Gikku Jacob Peter), with every capturing a interval from Krishnan’s life. There’s going to be loads of enjoyable available when the movie’s out on OTT to guess which DOP shot which parts, particularly as a result of there’s loads of real-world attraction when Aviyal begins off in rural Kannur.
Instructed fully in flashbacks with a father (Joju George) narrating his troubled life to his daughter (Anaswara) after her first heartbreak, there’s real honesty within the dialog with out masks or secrets and techniques. And this is a vital side the movie must prime us for early as a result of there’s rather a lot taking place in Krishan’s life in his journey in the direction of maturity. Within the first of those, Aviyal follows the sample of many movies that use nostalgia as their greatest USP. We see the identical drained jokes set inside the standard school rooms however the setting provides a component we don’t see typically. The music too is a continuing marker of every interval, however the track set on this interval, to the voice of Unni Menon and KS Chitra, provides one other one thing particular to this in any other case flat section of teenage love and heartbreak. The appearing displays the innocence and so do the little moments of friendship between Krishnan and his father and you’re feeling your self slowly gravitating in the direction of this boy earlier than the world begins to kill his innocence.
A shade of the identical innocence displays within the subsequent section too when he’s round 22. This time, the Kannur household house has shrunk to turn into a tiny residence in what appears to be like just like the officer’s quarters allotted for presidency employees. The workforce is but once more profitable in creating the dynamics of this confined dwelling area, particularly when the characters are unfairly subjected to gossip and rumour. That is additionally the chapter that offers with probably the most intense state of affairs and this has to do with Krishnan and his emotions for an older lady. The writing makes this era intense and demanding with the sensation that loads can go improper at any time. And it does. Even the inherent sexual stress between the 2 feels very inner, even with out the plain scenes or photographs you’d anticipate to convey the sensation. All of this makes Aviyal a coming of age story price investing in as a result of there’s at all times one thing to carry on to as a result of it seems to be recreations of very particular recollections.
But it’s this identical authenticity and the lived-in really feel that goes utterly lacking when the movie shifts to Goa for Krishnan’s “intercourse, medication and rock and roll” section. The movie loses its readability and it plummets headfirst right into a sequence of clichés that can’t escape the Arjun Reddy imagery. The movie, with its trippy visuals and rock band setting, additionally feels much more pretentious, particularly when ideas like “one evening stands” and “pals with advantages” are inserted in a really synthetic method. All of those stick out in what was till then a really grounded and actual movie.
Aviyal by no means actually recovers from this hangover and the one factor we’ve to carry on to is Sirajuddin’s efficiency by way of the treacherous trials and tribulations his character is put by way of as issues go from unhealthy to worse. But all of it feels too hurried and too orchestrated to matter anymore. With out the time to speculate and construct new characters, sure occasions really feel merely like gadgets on a guidelines. They don’t create the affect of even smaller occasions at the beginning of the movie. And when these scenes convey with the overwhelming feeling of déjà vu, there’s not a lot to maintain us hooked to Aviyal.