Life in all its glorious complexities, a love that challenges perceptions and of course endless rain – ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’, without going over the top has etched out a beautiful tale of all emotions that humans are capable of. The way the movie has been conceived makes one want to applaud RS Vimal, the movie’s director and writer.
This real life tale’s reel adaptation is realistic without the kind of melodrama that one associates with loves stories. Yet the intensity of the events that unfolds, with two orthodox Muslim and Hindu family, so defined by their religion, takes the blandness out of the narrative. From the word go, the story is gripping and intriguing.
There is so much detailing in the movie – be it the period setting, the costumes, the backdrop settings including houses, street, people, even the mirror and bed. This realism sets the tone for the narrative. Built on this is the political and cultural scenario of the Calicut (not Kozhikode) of the 60s.
BP Moideen is an intense youth whose ideology is reflected in his life too. He has socialist and leftist tendencies which is very much against the staunch Congress ideology of his father. They are at constant war against each other. Theirs is an ancient orthodox Muslim family. Adding to their woeful relationship is his budding love for Kanchanamala, who is a Hindu.
When their love comes out in the open, all hell breaks loose. The movie is their story. While, this is not a single track narration, we have socially relevant questions being raised, the politics discussed and culture showcased. This this sense, ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen is a well rounded movie.
This is not the first time that Prithviraj is essaying a period role. His finesse in handing the complex Moideen is brilliant. it is sure that he would rake in the awards for this portrayal. Paravathy has also put in an amazing performance. She has emoted well and her eyes speaks. Lena as Prithviraj’s mother and Sai Kumar as his father has given a great performance. So has Tovino as Appu. Jomon has captured on lens the feel of the era and the human infallibility.
As with being visually stunning, the dialogues are crisp. Music adds depth to the narrative. Moideen and Kanchana stays with you long after the movie finishes rolling. This is one emotionally satisfying movie.
If you enjoyed the love story in Titanic, you are sure to enjoy the depiction of the love story in this movie. You will also have a glimpse in to the political and cultural ethos of the South Indian communities of the 1960s.