Eeda review: A bit too long but is honest and genuine
It may be far from perfect but has its moments that will haunt you for long
Saturday 6 January 2018
Shane Nigam, Nimisha Sajayan
The volatile politics of Kannur has been widely discussed in the media but is not often seen on screen. In his debut venture as a director, award winning editor B Ajithkumar has set an intense love story in that backdrop.
Anand (Shane Nigam) and Aiswarya (Nimisha Sajayan) are from Kannur and they meet for the first time on a harthal day. He works for an insurance company in Mysore and she is doing her higher studies there. They feel an instant chemistry but it takes some time and several meetings before they let each other know about it.
But there is a problem. They come from households that believe in rival ideologies and in Kannur, that perhaps decide it all, including love.
It needs to be applauded that the director showed such courage to attempt a premise, which is so sensitive and there are scenes that reminds the viewer about the tension and anger in the minds of those who are at either sides, ready to kill the opponent. There is perhaps an effort to do the safe and balancing act though.
In a way, Eeda has inspirations from the Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet. The peculiar accent of Kannur is refreshing and the sequences look real and authentic.
Among the highlights of the film are its performances. Shane Nigam infuses that innocence and charm of the youth that he is portraying. But it is Nimisha Sajayan (who was brilliant in her debut film Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum), who steals the show. In one of the finest performances during recent times, she is so likeable in romantic scenes and is totally convincing during tense moments.
There are notable performances from Sujith Sankar, Alancier and Abu Valayamkulam that needs to be appreciated.
Eeda is a bit too long but is honest and genuine. It may be far from perfect but has its moments that will haunt you for long.
Eeda review: A genuine attempt