“Saira Banu” – A Justifiable Endeavour to Entertain

“Saira Banu is a simple enough story that is a positive watch, especially with certain twists that are eyebrow-raisers.”

   I’m not going to lie. This isn’t the best movie out there, but I wouldn’t call it an average movie either. If I had to, I would call it a little better than a ‘good’ movie, given that there’s enough comedy to make you truly laugh out loud, courtesy Manju Warrier and Shane Nigam, as well as enough drama to truly keep you intrigued in the movie.

Cinematography – 3.5/5

Directed by Antony Sony and scripted by RJ Shaan, the movie is shot in a charming manner as a ‘Mother-Son’ bond is illustrated throughout the movie. Perhaps not awe-inspiring in its lighting or cinematographic elements, there are definitely some of the scenes where the takes have been picturesque enough or shot with an amusing element. Furthermore, courtesy of the director and Manju Warrier’s talent, its a relief to see that there is no over-acting on her part and she’s back in action once again showcasing her talents from the 90s.

Music/Background Score – 3/5

To be honest, some of the musical elements of the movie were unimpressive, with several songs that were found to be on the dramatic edge; ones that make you sigh impatiently for the song to get over so that the movie can continue along its plot line. Fortunately enough they’re not lengthy songs, and nor are they unbearable, just not necessary to have kept in this movie, as their timings was a little off during the plot line. Having said this, the one song that I find is quite catchy – “Hrudayavaathil” – is suggested as a link below. 🙂

Casting – 4/5

After having seen Shane Nigam from Kismath, there was an interest piqued to see how his role in Saira Banu would be. Joshua Peter (Shane Nigam) is a shy character with a deep passion for photography, who’s one method of reprieve is through this passion of his. His delivery of acting has truly been enhanced since I last saw his movie Kismath, oftentimes making you feel amused or sorry for the ‘paavam’ chap. Joshua’s guardian is played by Manju Warrier, the role of Saira Banu, a post-office delivery lady whose complete devotion is to Joshua – whatever he aspires to achieve, she is by his side, playing the role of a stern and yet loving Mother effortlessly. It was lovely to see her again and her acting was really charming! And finally, after 25 years out of the industry, Amala Akkineki plays the role of a undefeated lawyer and resilient Mother –  Anni John Tharavady – and although the dubbing was a little weak, her acting was quite flawless.

Plot/Storyline – 4/5

Although the first half trots along slowly, initially forging the illustration of the relationship between Banu and Joshua, its the second half that actually keeps you entertained. With more than several amusing points throughout the first half, one would wonder where the plot line can take you to – particularly when you see a camera in the hands of Joshua; my thinking was that he would get caught in some other business that could lead to some trouble. Yet the storyline is such that the second portion of the movie takes you along quite a few twists and turns that one would not expect, even causing you to sit upright in surprise. I personally enjoyed the second half more; in the acting of all three main characters and in the chain of events that transpire through the movie.

Final rating – 3.5/5

Although there are a few flaws within this movie, I would actually recommend Saira Banu for those who are looking for a light watch. Not only is the acting quite nicely portrayed, but even the scenes are entertaining and the can leave you walking out with a smile on your face. 🙂

Check out the trailer below if keen to see the movie. For a one-time watch and a feel-good  entertainer my recommendation would be to watch it. 🙂