Vimaanam review: A watchable film made with noble intentions
Prithviraj performs his part quite well but his character has shades of some of his earlier roles
Saturday 23 December 2017
Pradeep M. Nair
Prithviraj, Durga Krishna
Debutant director Pradeep M. Nair’s Vimaanam is about a boy genius from a remote village, who fights against all odds and succeeds in achieving his dream, to fly by making his own aircraft. But then, it’s a love story too, that is being narrated in flash back.
The story begins when Prof. Vekiteswaran (Prithviraj) is honoured with the prestigious Padma award at a grand ceremony in New Delhi. One of the many phone calls that he receives after the event take him back to his life’s journey, which is a mix of great achievements in career and some truly painful ones in his personal life.
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A wonderful love story
As a youngster, Venkiti, as he was called by those close to him, could hear only with the help of a hearing aid. But with the help of his uncle (Sudheer Karamana) and an older family friend (Alancier), he was always involved in making an aircraft on his own.
It was his childhood sweetheart Janaki (Durga Krishna), who wholeheartedly encouraged him to make his dream come true.
Pradeep M. Nair, who is also the scenarist, has packaged it all in a conventional way, with lots of melodrama. As the story gets involved in the love track a bit too much, the focus shifts totally from Venkiti’s incredible achievement in aviation and also his struggles where he becomes one of the country’s top scientists, after dropping out of school initially.
Prithviraj performs his part quite well but his character has shades of some of his earlier roles like ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’ or ‘Celluloid’. Durga Krishna does her role with lots of confidence. The supporting cast have performed well.
‘Vimaanam’ has been made with noble intentions but the balancing of the aviation angle and the love story, makes the going a bit bumpy. Even then, this one is fine as an honest love story.
Vimaanam review- Verdict: Watchable