Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela ~ A Let Down

For those of you who do know me well or have been following my movie reviews, you’ll know that I’m a huge Nivin fan. Needless to say, on a recent trip to Kochi, I was able to thus gain the opportunity to see this much awaited movie. From the hype on social media, and the consistent updates of various positive reviews about Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela, I was quite excited to see this movie. Hence I dragged a cousin to see it the night I was flying out, and…

I was disappointed. 

Now, I would like to state that I don’t usually post negative reviews. In the past I have felt that if a movie is not up to the mark it’s better to just leave it be – naturally there has been some effort that has gone into it. What is the necessity of negativity, right? Yet I couldn’t help but write about this one because of two reasons:

  • Social media has been misleading individuals about the movie standard I believe – as it does have a tendency to.
  • This movie could have been made so much better – the theme and casting wasn’t a bad pick!

It’s unfortunate that a movie with such expectations, a team of talented actors and actresses, and a positive storyline couldn’t come together in a classy manner. Although I was laughing throughout the movie, you walk out thinking, ‘Well, that really could have been made better.’ 

Firstly, let me point out by stating that both the heroines were barely on screen, whether it was Ahana Krishna  or Aishwarya Lekshmi, out of which the latter seemed to have better acting capabilities. Why bring someone in for three scenes when they don’t add value to the movie? Naturally, it was a let down that even Nivin Pauly wasn’t quite up to his acting standards. In fact, it seemed as though the general cast seemed to have a touch of falseness to them that didn’t quite fit the movie.

The second point I’d like to make is that the film attempted to take a serious concern and issue, and make it into a light movie. Hence this seemed like a crossover between Jacobinte Swargarajyam in the storyline of a family drama and a light comedy of any Malayalam movie we see nowadays. But this instead backfired with the poor fit of background music to each scene. You end up watching a scene that should make you feel emotional, but the director has failed to tug any heart strings.

Finally, if anyone has seen Piku, there is a background piece of music that is consistent and this seemed to have been copied into Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela. Just a personal thought.

Hence to conclude, I suppose keeping these thoughts in mind, you can go for it if you want a light watch and wouldn’t mind the lack of flow in the storyline. However, I honestly wouldn’t recommend watching it – it’s not a huge miss. Giving benefit of the doubt and wanting to end on a lighter note, let’s hope for an improvement in their next movie.

Did anyone else see this and find it better than I did? I’m still open to debate this, perhaps I am being too critical of the movie or had high expectations of the same.