|Prithviraj, Priyamani, Anoop Menon|
It is his pursuit for a new theme that takes director Akbar Ahmed (Prithviraj) to the tragic affair between Malavika (Priyamani), a yesteryear heroine who has gone into oblivion now, and the evergreen hero Ajayachandran (Anoop Menon).
Akbar is a director who has a hit film to his credit but prefers to live away from the hullabaloo of the tinsel world and runs 'Casablanca', a coffee shop with his friends. His search into the torrid romance and the eventual breakup of a couple takes the story ahead.
The storyline of the film had generated curiosity even before the film's release, with rumours spreading that it is actually inspired by the life of late actor Sreevidya. Such talks were given credence with her pictures featuring in the posters quite prominently.
Though it is essentially about delving deep into the personal lives of two stars, in the end we feel confused as the main story changes track. The often unnecessary detailing about several aspects, like the romance between Akbar and Devayani (Samvritha Sunil) for instance, takes away the involvement of the viewer to a great extent from the original premise.
The presence of too many characters also stands in the way of its narration, sadly as a distraction from the main theme. In all fairness, it is a genuine attempt that keeps the viewer engaged until the end credits start rolling and the poignant tale behind the glamour of arc lights touches pulls at your heart strings.
Prithviraj looks good as Akbar Ahmed, but he is mainly there to present the real story, that involves Priyamani and Anoop Menon. Priyamani, as Malavika, looks really beautiful in her flashback scenes and convincing as well but the role doesn't quite need her to take too much effort. Yet she just walks away with the viewer's mind in the end with her willingness to experiment. It is quite a heavy a role for Anoop Menon, but he manages to come up with a decent performance as well.
The visuals created by cinematographer M J Radhakrishnan is certainly among the major highlights of the film. Shareth's songs during the flashback scenes are brilliant and add on to the nostalgic feel. Ranjit’s script is a winner all the way as he has been able to bring out the romance between a yester year actress and a superstar that goes through the ravages of times. The slow narration is the only weak link. Mark the movie on a scale of five and it could easily get three.
Verdict: Quite Good