Ishq review: Anuraj Manohar has packaged this drama in a brilliant way!
Ishq review: Anuraj Manohar has packaged this drama in a brilliant way.
Critic's Rating: 4/5
Saturday 18 May 2019
Shane Nigam, Shine Tom Chacko, Ann Sheethal
Director Anuraj Manohar’s Ishq, as its tagline reminds the viewer, is ‘not a love story’.
Sachy (Shane Nigam) is a techie, who is madly in love with Vasudha (Ann Sheethal). He is a youth living in Kochi, while she is a post graduate student from Kottayam.
Sachy’s sister is getting married in some days and as his family gets busy with the preparations, he decides to spend some time with Vasudha on her birthday.
He picks Vasudha from her college in Kottayam and they travel all the way to Kochi and the plan is to drop her back next morning. But certain happenings during the fateful trip change things for them in a dramatic way.
The settings are so believable that it brings the viewer to the edge of their seat, mainly as the young love birds panic. It could happen to any of us, one would feel. And that is when the story takes a surprise turn.
With impressive writing by Ratheesh Ravi, debutant Anuraj Manohar has packaged this drama in a brilliant way.
There may be some spoilers ahead.
The finger is pointed at the attitude of the society to play moral police that gives the license to question anyone and harm others, in the name of “culture”. It is also about how women are treated and how their feelings get sidelined even by those whom they trust.
After his superb performance in Kumbalangi Nights, Shane Nigam comes up with a powerful performance as Sachy. Ann Sheethal, who is paired opposite him, is a real talent as a performer. Watch out for a sterling show from Shine Tom Chacko. And also from Jaffer Idukki, who is so natural.
Ishq is one film that fills your mind with so much emotions. It’s easily one of the finest movies that needs to be applauded for its sincere approach. This one is not to be missed.
Ishq review: Honest and compelling