Oru Mexican Aparatha review- A gripping political thriller
Go for it, this one is a gem
Saturday 4 March 2017
Oru Mexican Aparatha
Tovino, Neeraj, Roopesh, Gayatri
It’s important for the viewer to have at least a basic knowledge about the political climate in Kerala, especially on the two major student outfits that rules most of the campuses here, while going for Tom Emmatty’s Oru Mexican Aparatha. The rival student parties, the incidents and characters on screen is sure to remind us of about some true happenings.
The story begins during the emergency era, when an SFY leader Kochaniyan is murdered by the police inside the prestigious Maharaja campus. Cut to the current times when the college is ruled by KSQ, led by the firebrand Roopesh (Roopesh Peethambaran).
Subhash (Neeraj Madhav) has been designated by the Left party to initiate a base for SFY at Maharaja College. He teams up with Paul Varghese (Tovino Thomas) and a few other friends to find a place for their outfit within the campus. This enrages KSQ and in turn, begins a series of violent fights between the two.
Debutant director Tom Emmatty has narrated the story with lot of humour in a highly engaging way and quite evidently, it would be nothing less than a thrilling experience for all those have studied in Kerala. Be it in the campus, hostel, canteen, college functions and cultural festivals- everything looks so real and you can easily identify with it. Having said this, there is a certain ambiguity regarding how close the incidents are to real life situations.
Though it’s a huge campus with lots of students studying there, the focus is limited to a few student leaders and it is not clear how the political outfits are influencing the other students who support or vote for them. Also the way in which black skinned is mocked- certainly not funny!
The visuals of Prakash Velayudhan and music by Manikandan Ayyappan is brilliant, that can get you into a thrilling mood, which is perfect for the narrative.
With amazing screen presence and confidence Tovino Thomas makes his mark as a hero in a brilliant way. He is earnest and has a pleasing persona. Filmmaker Roopesh Peethambaran, who has played the young Mohanlal in Spadikam, comes up with a brilliant show as the KSQ leader. Neeraj Madhav is top class as Subhash the fiery leaser while Jino John and Vishnu Govindan as Jomy is very impressive. Many newcomers in relatively small character roles are excellent Heroine, Gayatri Suresh, has nothing much to do though.
Oru Mexican Aparatha smartly uses the popular elements from the campuses and also from the activities of some of the student political outfits, invoking nostalgia. It may be a far from being a perfect film but it’s a treat if you are true blue Malayalee and an added bonus if you are a leftist. Go for it, this one is a gem.
Oru Mexican Aparatha review- Verdict: A gripping political thriller