This movie has won lots of awards. National and International. Deserves everyone of them. Yet another riveting movie from Kerala.
The movie is in four layers.The elder (father) of a family (disjointed) in a Kerala village dies and the family (4 sisters and two brothers) comes down for the last rites. The siblings are not necessarily happy and friendly to each other. A few of them are also vying for the property. They form a layer.
The children of the siblings (two boys, Vicki, Kannan and a girl) form the layer two.
Roja, a domestic help trafficked from Tamil Nadu to work in this family and treated badly by the people of the house hold (played by Vyjayanthi whose real life is no different to the character she plays ) is the layer three.
The fourth layer is the narration (voice and a small appearance by Prithviraj), in the background, by the older Vicki of his recollection of the happenings of the 16 days that follows someones death.
Anjali Menon (writer and director and awardee ‘Best Debut Direction by a Woman at New Jersey ISACF, New York, US’) like a ‘spinning plates’ trickster, spins a wonderful and intriguing story of each of the layers by themselves at times and together at other times. The movie handles expertly the complexity of the grownups and contrasts it with pure happiness of childhood. The backcloth for all the drama is a beautiful Kerala village. Prithviraj acts with his voice! The rest of the cast is maneuvered skillfully by the director into good performances without overdose. With so many people in a small space, the characters do not crowd you and create a chaos. You simple get a window seat to watch the family functioning in this case dis-functioning. Trade mark Malayalam movie.
The movie has a strong message about child labor and trafficking of girls into Kerala as domestic help and their abuse.In my opinion it teaches a lesson to the audience in a way cinema is meant to.
Powerful movie and good watch for the whole family. Get young children to watch and teach them the right ways of life.
Rated G. Few scenes with a dead body and you may want to be with your young children.