Ayaalum Njanum Thammil
Saturday 20 October 2012
Ayaalum Njanum Thammil
Prithviraj, Prathap Pothen, Narain, Samvrutha Sunil, Rima Kallingal, Remya Nambeeshan
The film opens in a promising way, with expert cardio thoracic surgeon Dr.Ravi Tharakan (Prithviraj) facing a tough situation where his young patient dies, which leads to some tense moments at the hospital. Ravi flees from the scene in a car but his speeding car meets with an accident.
The story is now being unveiled in a flashback, where the journey of the doctor from being a poor student at the medical college and the subsequent years when he is forced to go for rural service at a high range hospital with modest facilities.
The college days shows Ravi's friendship with his classmate Dr.Vivek (Narain) and his romance with a junior, Sainu (Samvrutha Sunil). The next phase has him with Dr.Samuel (Prathap Pothen) and Supriya (Remya Nambeeshan). Diya (Rima Kallingal) is the chairman's secretary at the new hospital.
Scenarist duo Bobby - Sanjay and director Lal Jose has made the film with great sincerity and there are some genuine moments in it. But after the good start the film collapses into lazy situations and surprisingly predictable stereotypes.
The sequences at the college, which are meant to evoke laughter, are mostly mundane and the romance between Ravi and Sainu looks cold and boring, to say the least. The basic problem here could be the lack of a credible storyline or well etched characters. Jomon T John's visuals and Ouseppachan's songs are fine.
Among the performances, it is Prathap Pothen who shines among all with a superb performance. He is convincing and his character is well written. Prithviraj has done his role with all honesty, but it is perhaps just that his character is far from convincing. Like, you never understand why he has been shown as such an incompetent doctor for most of the time. You can go on and on about the shortcomings, but that cannot be done without revealing some of the suspense situations. So let's leave it at that. Narain and the three female leads have nothing much to do.
Ayalum Njanum Thammil can be enjoyed in parts, if you are not there at the theatre with too much expectation. Yes, there are some genuine aspects about the film that needs to be appreciated but you need to have real patience to find them. It's a nice film, but it could have been much more.
Verdict: Above Average