Sunny review: Jayasurya shines in this experimental film

Sunny: Jayasurya shines in this experimental film

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Critic's Rating: 2.5/5

Friday 01 October 2021

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Sunny review: Jayasurya shines in this experimental film


Ranjith Sankar

Star Cast


Director Ranjith Sankar’s Sunny is a story almost set inside a single space with just one character with just 93-min runtime.

In a pattern modeled on several movies from the past, like for instance the terrific 2013 thriller Locke, where the movie is totally happening inside a car. Closer home, we have seen films like Partipan's  Oththa Seruppu Size 7 and Aditi Ravi's  Ente Narayanikku made in the same format. 

Jayasurya’s character Sunny returns from the Gulf and checks in to a luxury suite at a top hotel in Kochi. From then on the movie is pretty much set there.

Sunny has to abide by the strict quarantine rules as it is Covid time. The instructions from the receptionist, occasional calls from the cops, and then a counselor, actually irks him. 

We slowly learn that Sunny is an alcoholic on the verge of a divorce and has lost lot of money in business. He feels lonely inside the suite and turns violent when his stock of booze is over. He becomes friendly with a girl staying in the room above, though they can barely see each other. The counselor’s phone calls have an influence on him and gradually Sunny discovers some new aspects of life. 

Ranjith Sankar is doing an experiment here, where he zooms in on his rather quirky lead character. Though some of the thoughts of Sunny are relatable to the viewer, it could have been more perhaps with better writing. 

In an evidently challenging role, where he is pretty much left to his own, Jayasurya performs well. He conveys the emotions of his character effectively. The rest of the cast are mostly limited to the voices, like Aju Varghese, Innocent, Siddique, Vijay Babu, and Vijayaraghavan, and some glimpses or mobile pictures of Shritha Sivadas and Sshivada.

Sunny manages to give a feeling of being topical during these pandemic times when virtually everyone goes through a certain amount of loneliness and could be a watchable fare.

Verdict: Average



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