Laljose seems to be the leader of quality filmmakers in Malayalam cinema, enlivening the middle stream movies with his most lovable films. The latest to add to his list of bests is 'Ayaalum Njaanum Thammil', a terrific directorial which has an authentic stamp of his finesse of presentations. With a plot of coming of age of a careless junior doctor to a much popular medical practitioner, the movie is more a self discovery of the director as well as the characters on screen.
The film has Prithviraj as the expert cardio thoracic surgeon Dr.Ravi Tharakan (Prithviraj), who is called in to attend a child with heart problems, brought to the hospital in the wee hours of the day. Though the father of the child(Anil Murali) disagree to go for an immediate heart surgery to save her , the doctor persists with his decision, but to see her dead soon amidst the surgery. This lead to dangerous situations in the hospital, as the influential media and the mob are after the doctor and hospital who forcefully conducted the surgery without the consent of her parents. Ravi is forced to flee and amidst his way met with an accident and goes missing. The movie unfolds as his close pal, Dr Vivek(Naren), who had been with Ravi during their college days, comes up to find clues about the missing doctor, largely in demand by the media and police. The movie goes into flashbacks to have a look into their college days and Ravi's two year rural service at 'Redemption hospital at Munnar', run by Dr Samuel (Prathap Poten). The arrival of the man into the frames not only redeem Dr Ravi from his unremarkable past but also pulls up the entire film to a refreshing upward drive. His power packed performance in a character with an inclination of making others realise about the in thing in them not just results in Ravi's personal discovery but also lead us to emotionally overpowering proportions.
Apart from Laljose in his extremes, the movie also remains as a glittering example for the actor in Prithviraj who remains surprisingly agile even with his share of losses. After 'Vaasthavam' and 'Vargam', it's long time we have seen him with this precision in a character that demands extreme emotions and meticulous care. His breaking down in couple of occasions see the entire audience relating to his share of emotive turbulence. The other man who deserves laurels is Prathap Pothen, who is having an impressive run in his comeback.
A standing ovation to the best of the director of our times for providing such movies with charming intensity.
Interestingly, three ladies in the movie doesn't have much written for them and so is Naren who have the luck to remind Malayalees of his existence. The love story between Ravi and Sainu(Samvrutha Sunil) seems the less interesting episode in the whole as there exists very few sequences to establish their chemistry.
The technical side of the movie is topnotch with cinematography by Jomon K John truly attention-grabbing. His frames of Munnar truly add to the mood of the flick and often when the actors gather meat in their performances, his camera rarely lets a second go from capturing their intensity. The editing by Ranjan Abraham is razor-sharp. The background score and songs by Ouseppachan is most appropriate. It augments the impact of numerous sequences.
Though some among the viewers seems to have expected much more than its soft and sudden climax, 'Ayaalum Njaanum Thammil' remains a movie that is definite to take a top spot in the list of bests from Laljose . A standing ovation to the best of the director of our times for providing such movies with charming intensity.