Cast: Nivin Pauly, Anoop Menon, Valsala Menon, Tiny Tom, Jacob
Gregory, Saiju Kurup, Kalabhavan Prajod, Neeraj Madhav, Saji, Sanju, Joy
Mathew, Jiyad, Nikki Galrani, Rajeev Pillai, Shine Tom Chacko, Srinda Ashab,
Dinesh, Seema G Nair
LJ Films (India),PJ Entertainments (Overseas)
2014 (Kerala), 14th February, 2014 (Delhi)
so efficiently and effectively. It is indeed a great treat to the country that
eats, drinks, breaths and sleeps cricket.
itself is power packed with the 1983 Cricket World Cup victory in the backdrop,
jubilation in a remote village Brahmamangalam in Kerala, supported with great musical
score in the background.
glued to the television to watch the match and the victory sparked a new
passion within him for the sport. There is a beautiful scene where this boy while
playing cricket along with his friends falls in the field and for the first
time he notices the dew drop, its freshness and beauty. It shows how the sport and
the cricket ground became the entire universe for Rameshan who started living
Nivin Pauly, another great performance by him. He grew to be a great
batsman who gave mesmerizing shots at the local club matches along with Pappan
(Saiju Kurup), Babukuttan (Sanju), Saji (Dinesh), Prahladan (Neeraj Madhav),
Mantle Johny (Kalavbhavan Prajod), Varkey, Chandru, Basheer forming the rest of
and even his love interest Manjula (played by Nikki Galrani, who looked very fresh
on screen) took a back seat.
is smoothly shown through visuals of India’s defeat at the world cup matches,
which followed thereafter, movie poster of Chitram… Harikrishnans…on the walls, b/w television sets to colour televison sets and the
historical 2011 Cricket World cup victory.
end of the first half, since it seemed like the movie is shifting its focus
from the main frame of sport into domestic things. It was painful to see a
great player Rameshan settling down to his disillusioned father Gopi’s (Joy
Mathew) mechanical shop, but then also, it was delight to watch him hitting
brilliant sixers during local club matches. Srinda Ashab essayed the role of
his onscreen wife Susheela very naturally, innocently and certain scenes of
hers were full of humour.
half where Rameshan sees the fire in his son Kannan. There starts the journey
of the father Rameshan in living his passion and I must say Nivin Pauly
excelled even as a forty year old man. Vijay Menon (Anoop Menon) as a cricket
coach is very impressive, who is sharp to understand the talents of the young boys,
disciplined and empathetic. Rest of the movie is woven around how Rameshan
chases his dreams through his son. Certain father-son moments actually gave a
lump in my throat.
though in a short frame in a cameo, creates an impact through his performance.
All other supporting cast and child artists have also given great performances.
Abrid Shine actually shines through his debut film. A great work by him. He is
flawless as a story teller with his minute detailing. Screenplay by Abrid and Bibin
Chandran has elements of humour, sadness, disappointment, hope, passion,
dreams, innocence, expectations, joy etc. The movie seems to be a dedication to
the living legend Mr. Sachin Tendulkar whose emotional good bye speech had a message (his father’s advice to him), which was – “Chase your dreams but make
sure you don’t find short cuts”. Indeed, a beautiful message…
captured the beauty of the village very nicely. Yes, it indeed seems to be part
of God’s own country. Editing by Manoj is also very sharp and appropriate.
song “Olanajali kuruvi…” sung by P Jayachandran and Vani Jairam is so melodious. Background music is also full
of life. “Thallvettam Kanumba…” is also full of positive energy.