[dropcap size=big]B[/dropcap]alyakalsakhi one of the greatest love story from the legendary writer Sri Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, has given at-most respect and sincerity in the latest film with the same name from Pramod Payyannur.
A truly deserving and a near perfect adaptation of the novel, we can feel the love in its purest form from the childhood of Majeed and Suhra, which grows with full sincerest form in their adolescence. And we can see how harsh the reality can be when the very purest of love, which goes through all the possible pains and scarifies remained unfulfilled.
For the director Pramod Payyannur it was good to take a proven , accepted and famous story. However it also has its own risks as the expectation levels will be high. The director, effectively filmed the love, the pain, and the sacrifices of Majeed and Suhra, from the very childhood to their different times of life. And the locations which suited the entire mood and the time which the story takes place.
Though at times he failed to take the movie to its deserving heights, and often the dialogues looked dramatic, may be he was trying to follow the same from the novel. However could have been better if it is polished bit more.The chemistry between Mammootty and Isha Talwar wasn’t at the best. That did affect the proceedings bit. Still a confident debut from him for the future of Malayalam film industry.
The veteran Mammootty with an electric performance leaves us spellbound, and carries this film in his shoulder. This is a role, which after the spectacular performance in Paleri Manikyam, I witnessed our true legend veteran Mammootty in full control in a challenging character. Mammootty’s emotions as Majeed’s various life events at times sends electric waves through our nervous. Also his brilliance can be seen in the role of Majeed’s father too. Such a powerful acting from him, and the most highlight of Balyakalsakhi. Though not his best, this will go down as one of his greatest performance in his career.
Isha Talwar looked extremely gorgeous in her brief appearance. And she tried her best to give a solid performance. The rest of the cast be it Meena as the mother of Majeed, Tanu shree Ghosh, and others did a convincing job.
The music from Bijibal and the frames from Hari Nair did some marvelous job, not to forget the art which also effectively recreated the old times.
Finally though the film did not reach the heights the original novel offers. However its surely a sincere attempt with a terrific performance , and remains as one of the purest love stories with a classic cinematic experience. Go for it.