Moothon movie review: Nivin Pauly delivers in this dark existential drama


Written by Manoj Kumar R
| Bengaluru |

Updated: November 9, 2019 10:08:41 am

Moothon film overview: The star solid of Moothon is a blessing for Geetu Mohandas’ directorial.

Moothon film solid: Nivin Pauly, Sobhita Dhulipal, Shashank Arora, Sujith Shankar
Moothon film director: Geetu Mohandas
Moothon film ranking: three stars

First issues first, a giant shout out to Nivin Pauly for taking such a daring step to play Akbar in Moothon (Elder Brother). In the final 10 years, he has made a profession by principally making folks giggle. He is innately hilarious and charmingly naive. And, his core fanbase is essentially made up of girls (of all age teams). He is the Prem Nazir of millennials. Legend has it {that a} important variety of younger women requested their boyfriends to develop a beard after watching Premam.

It should have taken a variety of braveness for Nivin to step away from the glamour to enter the darkish and demoralising world of Moothon. The movie has been shot with pure gentle with out conventional lighting setup. So many of the motion that occur at midnight is difficult to see. Director Geetu Mohandas and her cinematographer Rajeev Ravi have been very economical in utilizing the sunshine. The rustic frames add extra to the gloomy atmosphere of the movie.

This movie reveals even males fall sufferer to the identical patriarchal social order that hurt ladies. In a flashback scene, we see two males endure in silence, kill their needs and destroy their lives due to societal stress. Take, for instance, the 14-year-old lady Mulla (Sanjana Dipu) who takes a harmful journey to India’s metropolis of goals, Mumbai. She units out from Lakshadweep to seek out her lengthy misplaced brother. She is dressed like a boy, to cover the true id of her gender for apparent causes. Boy was she unsuitable. Not simply women, even defenceless younger boys usually are not secure. And she learns that by means of traumatising experiences. The notion of security that’s related to the male gender is shattered.

I’m curious to know what was the genesis of this movie. Did Geetu need to look at the absurdity of human existence? Or she needed to point out that karma is a…boomerang? Or a little bit of each. There is not any redemption for the characters that inhabit Moothon. And once you assume why, you keep in mind that is the chillingly uncompromising ambiance that was co-authored by Anurag Kashyap. The fairytale-esque opening moments that recommend hope and magic is totally dismantled by the filmmakers because the movie strikes in direction of the tip. Like Anurag’s Ugly, Geetu’s Moothon solely will get darker by the minute as Rajeev’s digital camera explores the wrestle for survival on the streets of Mumbai.

My main qualm is the occasions that change the destiny of the characters doesn’t really feel as pure because the movie’s gentle. Yes, Akbar is a backside feeder of Mumbai’s underbelly. He does some horrible issues for survival. He is a horrible man. But, the revelations and their penalties that drive the narration have just a few logical holes. Some developments really feel synthetic and compelled in order that the narration might head in direction of its pre-determined finish.

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The star solid of Moothon is a blessing for Geetu’s directorial. Sobhita Dhulipala, Shashank Arora and Sujith Shankar have delivered fantastic performances on this darkish existential drama. And Nivin has handed with flying colors if his major purpose was to achieve credibility as a critical actor. The greasy face and filthy garments that he has embraced on this movie reveals his dedication to cinema.

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