Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 13 March 2015
N K Muhammed Koya
Lena, Nedumudi Venu, Irshad
Director N K Muhammed Koya's Alif that featured in the International Film Festival of Kerala is a simple story that talks about certain aspects that needs the attention of the society and has some nice moments as well.
Fathima (Lena) lives with her mother, grandmother and two kids in a rural area in north Kerala. Her husband has left her for another woman and is desperately trying to get divorce from her. It's her struggle to live amidst various setbacks and the issues created by the community, when she questions some orthodox diktats that she finds to be highly prejudiced, that the film handles.
With a really slow first half, we just wait for things to happen and the story meanders along shifting the focus here and there. In the end, the film does manage to think about certain social issues around us.
The question is why should most offbeat filmmakers in Malayalam religiously follow a certain recipe with predictable ingredients, when they want to narrate socially relevant themes? There is a conscious effort not to offend anyone and also, to add communal harmony, trade union, communism and so on in required measures.
Director N K Muhammed Koya has made a genuine attempt but he doesn't have enough in the film to make it all into a compelling watch. It's high time that serious filmmakers come up with newer patterns to present their storylines.
The visuals and the music are good. Among the actors, it is perhaps Zeenath, who is the most impressive.
Alif is tailor made for the awards circuit. The issues being handled are perhaps relevant but there are not many things that we have seen before in this one. Now, decide on your own.
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
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