Kumbalangi Nights review: Two big thumbs up for this excellent film
Madhu C Narayanan
Fahadh Faasil, Soubin Shahir, Shane Nigam
There are certain stories that welcome you to the world where it is happening and you just want to be with them, sharing their happiness, sad moments and their life in general. Debutant director Madhu C Narayanan’s Kumbalangi Nights is one such amazing movie.
The story develops through its characters. We are introduced to four brothers, who live in a modest house by the river side in Kumbalangi.
Saji (Soubin Shahir) pretty much depends on a Tamilian (Ramesh Thilak), who earns a living by ironing clothes, in the street. Bobby (Shane Nigam) is a lazy bum, who hates going for a job. Bonnie (Sreenath Bhasi) fools around with his group of friends. Franky (Mathew Thomas) has just joined a sports hostel.
There is Baby (Anna Ben), who has some feelings for Bobby. And then, Shammi (Fahadh Faasil), who has just married Baby’s elder sister.
These characters are real, far from perfect and resembles some of those people, whom we all have come across around us.
With a well written script by Shyam Pushkaran, director Madhu C Narayanan presents a rather simple tale, which is a mix of happenings during a particular period in the lives of these characters.
The visuals by Shyju Khalid, the music by Sushin Shyam and editing by Saiju Sreedharan are top notch.
In one of the finest display of acting excellence, Soubin Shahir just transforms completely into the character that he is playing. Though more details about his character could turn spoilers, Fahadh Faasil displays another shade of him, in an amazing manner. Shane Nigam, Ramesh Thilak, Anna Ben, Sreenath Bhasi and the young Mathew Thomas are all really good.
The year 2019 is just a month old and with Kumbalangi Nights here is a great start for Malayalam cinema. Two big thumbs up for this excellent film.