June review:Genuine and engaging
June beautifully shows the affection that a father and daughter share.
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Monday 18 February 2019
Rajisha Vijayan, Arjun Asokan
Debutant director Ahammed Khabeer’s June is being narrated from the perspective of a young girl as she grows from a Class XI student to a lady who knows what she is doing.
June Sarah Joy (Rajisha Vijayan) is the only child of her parents (played by Joju George and Aswathy). They live in an old house by the river side and the story begins when she is getting ready to join Class XI. She wants to look chic but her mom is pretty strict.
The film beautifully shows the affection that the father and daughter share.
At the school, most of her friends are from the old class, but there are some new additions as well, like the shy Noel Varghese (Sarjano Kahlid). June is attracted to Noel and pretty soon, they start having romantic feelings for each other.
The rest of the story is about how life changes and in the process June becomes more matured, where she develops her own perspectives about life, relationships and her future,
Though the initial build up feels like going a bit too longer than one would have liked, this is one film made with so much honesty. Of course, though there are attempts to add the right ingredients, including the feeling of last year’s Tamil hit 96, this one ensures an engaging ride. The good visuals and superb music adds to the mood in a big way.
Rajisha Vijayan shines as June, who is so relatable and extremely likeable. She is natural and performs her role with so much dedication. Joju George once again shows what a wonderful performer he is. Sarjano Khalid, Arjun Ashokan and the rest of the cast are impressive.
June makes some relevant statements and is an effort that should be appreciated. This is one of those films that will make you come out of the cinemas with a smile. Go for this one.
June review: Genuine and engaging