Tuesday 24 February 2015
Fahadh Faasil, Radhika Apte
Editor turned director Vinod Sukumaran’s 'Haram' talks about marital discords in the lives of an urban couple. As if it is mandatory in any Fahadh Faasil film, a multi linear pattern is added to this genuine story and eventually that stands out like a sore thumb.
Balu (Fahadh Faasil) and Isha (Radhika Apte) are working in a call centre. Isha is trying to get over the pains of a failed romance and Balu gives her a friendly support. No prizes for guessing that they fall in love pretty soon.
Just like the thoughts, marriage and life of the couple, the style adopted by the film is rather unconventional. The plot is topical and realistic, reflecting the psyche of the young generation, during these days. The story makes a definite political statement that is quite interesting in a society where many popcorn activists take themselves more seriously than what their contributions to the world around them is worth.
There is a parallel track involving a cable TV mechanic and a junior artiste whose major acting is as a “body double” for a popular heroine.
The film takes a slow start and things get better especially in the second half. In an effort to pack too many things, characters and some philosophical lines that are pretentious to the core, the viewers are left wanting for more in the end.
Even then the film leaves you with some solid memories that will haunt you long after the end titles start rolling. But it could have been much better in a film, which has some fantastic moments, that too with spectacular visuals and superb music.
If you are ready to forget that he repeats his branded style once again, Fahadh Faasil comes up with a superb show. The terrific Radhika Apte suffers in her role, as her character is mostly half-baked. The rest of the cast has done their roles well, except perhaps for Madhupal whose diction jars big time.
'Haram' is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you are looking for something out of the box, this one needs a chance and it will make you think for sure. In these times when what most films give you is migraine, this one is an attempt in right earnest.