Aarkkariyam - A smartly paced family drama

Aarkkariyam:Aarkkariyam - A smartly paced family drama

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Critic's Rating: 4/5

Sunday 04 April 2021

Movie Title

Aarkkariyam - A smartly paced family drama


Sanu John Varughese

Star Cast

Biju Menon, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Sharafudheen

Cinematographer turned director Sanu John Varughese’s Aarkkariyam is a smartly paced family drama that is relatable and thrilling.

Shirly (Parvathy Thiruvothu) and her husband Roy (Sharafudheen) are planning to return to her home in Kerala from Mumbai, during the early days of Covid 19. Shirly’s dad Ittyavirah (Biju Menon), a retired school teacher, is living in a modest home in the midst of a vast plot.

It becomes evident from their interactions that Roy is facing a serious financial crisis and is struggling to get it sorted. They start their journey to Kerala in their car. 

Shirly’s daughter, from an earlier marriage, is in a hostel in Tamil Nadu and the couple is planning for ways to get her home, as the lockdown has made traveling difficult.

Ittyavirah is happy to see them back. Soon he learns about the huge sum that Roy would need to find and he suggests selling off their property and moving to an apartment. 

Roy is reluctant to accept the suggestion but has no other way to get himself out of the financial mess that he is in. It’s then that he learns about something which is really shocking for him.

With a well-written script, the director presents the story without any spoon-feeding. The meaningful silences give so much impact to the drama and make the viewer part of the emotional journey that the characters are going through. The visuals and the music add to the effect.

As a character several years older than him, Biju Menon performs brilliantly. The character that Parvathy Thiruvothu plays is someone who keeps her emotions mostly to herself and the actor gets into those shoes so effectively. Sharafudheen comes up with a mature and powerful performance as well.

Aarkkariyam conveys the emotions of the characters in an affecting manner and leaves you thinking about the story long after you leave the cinemas. Go for it!

Verdict: An affecting, genuine drama





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