Sufiyum Sujatayum has a few good moments but gives the feeling that with so much potential, this one could have been a better watch
By: Sridevi Sreedhar
Critic's Rating: 2.5/5
Friday 03 July 2020
Aditi Rao Hydari, Jayasurya, Dev Mohan
Director Naranipuzha Srinivas’ Sufiyum Sujathayum is a romantic tale that has created history of sorts as the first Malayalam movie to release directly on an OTT platform (Amazon Prime Video) before reaching the theatres.
The story is set in a remote village where a young Sufi (Dev Mohan) reaches the Jinn mosque one night. There he meets an old muezzin (Mamukkoya). The Sufi is the disciple of a Ustad Aboob, who lived there earlier, and is now back after ten years.
But sadly, the Sufi doesn’t open his eyes after performing the morning prayer. The news of his demise is conveyed to Sujatha (Aditi Rao Hydari), who is married to Dr. V R Rajeev (Jayasurya). The couple is living abroad with their daughter.
The love story of the Sufi and the non-verbal Sujatha is then shown as a flashback.
The movie has been packaged with top notch visuals and good music, but the narrative moves ahead at a leisurely pace. The writing is shaky and it is towards the middle of the second half that the story gets some momentum.
Aditi Rao Hydari, who returns to Malayalam after her debut in Prajapathi that came out in 2006, looks pretty but is unconvincing as Sujata with her brown hair and light eyes. Dev Mohan is okay as the Sufi but their chemistry lacks the intensity and as a result the impact that this love story manages to create is pretty limited.
It is in fact Jayasurya, who becomes the saving grace of this movie, with a genuine performance. Though he is doing an extended cameo role, the actor is effective and steals the show in a way. Siddique, Manikandan Pattamby and Kalaranjani are good in their supporting roles.
Sufiyum Sujatayum has few good moments for sure but definitely gives the feeling that with so much potential, this one could have been a better watch.
Verdict: A love story that fails to impress
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