Marakkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham review: A grand visual spectacle

Marakkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham- A grand visual spectacle

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Critic's Rating: 4/5

Thursday 02 December 2021

Movie Title

Marakkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham review: A grand visual spectacle



Star Cast

Mohanlal, Pranav Mohanlal, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Manju Warrier

Director Priyadarshan’s Marakkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham is a period drama, inspired by the life of Kunjali Marakkar IV, the Naval chief of the erstwhile King of Kozhikode, the Zamorins. The story has been told with cinematic liberties and is perhaps not an exact depiction of historical facts.

The story begins with certain unrest that happens during the time when a young Muhammad Ali aka Kunjali Marakkar IV (Pranav Mohanlal) is all set to marry Ayesha (Kalyani Priyadarshan). But it all ends up in bloodshed where the young Kunjalihas to witness his family being brutally murdered.

He flees the place, along with Pattu Marakkar (Siddique), and as he grows older, Kunjali (Mohanlal) becomes a Robin Hood-like figure for the poor. When the Portuguese threaten the Zamorin to abide by their conditions, Mangattachan (Hareesh Peradi) suggests the King to seek the help of Kunjali to save the land. 

Kunjali becomes the powerful Naval chief of Zamorin and successfully resists a Portuguese attack, joining hands with Zamorin’s Army Chief, Ananthan Mangattachan (Arjun Sarja).

However, those who were unhappy about the rise of Kunjali Marakkar waits for an opportunity to defeat him.

Priyadarshan has made this visual spectacle with a grandeur that has never been seen before in Malayalam cinema. The historical drama, which is of a duration of just over 3 hours, has a big star cast and is engaging. The visuals and the special effects are spectacular. But it is predictable and too long! 

With a brilliant performance, Mohanlal steals the show here, convincingly presenting the legendary figure from Kerala’s history. It’s a casting coup of sorts, with Pranav Mohanlal playing the younger version of the character with lots of energy, thereby providing the perfect platform for his father to take over the rest of the movie. 

Among the rest of the cast, Arjun Sarja, Manju Warrier, Keerthy Suresh,  Kalyani Priyadarshan, Siddique, Hareesh Peradi, Nedumudi Venu and Jay J Jakkrit excels.

Marakkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham takes Malayalam cinema to an altogether different level with its grand canvas and excellent making. Go for it!

Verdict: A grand visual spectacle







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