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Chathur Mukham film evaluate: Manju Warrier blends a metaphor for tech dependancy with a nod to a horror classic-Entertainment News , Firstpost

What sealed the deal for me with this movie is its constant method to its protagonist. Antony by no means overshadows Thejaswini, but he’s not relegated to irrelevance both.

Language: Malayalam

Thalakunichchu jeevikkunna oru thalamura” (a era that lives with its head bowed) – an exasperated father hisses out these phrases in Chathur Mukham (The Fourth Face) as he watches his daughter Thejaswini bent over her cellphone and speaking with the complete world besides the fond father or mother seated beside her. 

Thejaswini (performed by Manju Warrier) is a social media junkie whose complete existence is on show on Instagram. She can be an entrepreneur. Strange issues begin occurring when she buys a brand new cellphone in the future. Messages she didn’t kind are despatched in her identify, her selfies include parts that aren’t within the precise areas the place these photographs have been clicked, and when she tries to do away with the instrument, it just about assaults her.

To discover a answer to Thejaswini’s drawback, her shut good friend and enterprise associate Antony (Sunny Wayne) approaches the scientist Clement (Alencier Ley Lopez).

The first half of Chathur Mukham options just a few critically scary passages, however because the narrative progresses it turns into extra intriguing than conventionally scary. Even although the movie has been promoted as “the first techno horror in south Indian cinema”, the gradual lessening of the scare issue didn’t hassle me a lot as a viewer as a result of Chathur Mukham has different lures up its sleeve. 

Manju Warrier in a nonetheless from Chathur Mukham

The spook on this supernatural drama is a pleasant metaphor for what cellphone and social media dependancy are doing to our lives. In this situation, it’s no small assertion on how capitalists money in on human weak point that these phrases from Apple’s founder Steve Jobs painted on the wall of Thejaswini and Antony’s workplace stares down at us via massive components of the narrative, “People do not know what they want until you show them,” (some readers may contemplate the remainder of this sentence a spoiler) even because the seemingly haunted cellphone is so decided to stick with Thejaswini that the trouble to take away it from her life almost kills her. (Spoiler alert ends) 

Writers Abhayakumar Ok and Anil Kurian are as centered on small particulars as they’re on the macro image they paint. Even the identify they select for the cellphone model Thejaswini buys, Liza, has significance within the style that Chathur Mukham occupies. While watching this thriller I couldn’t assist however recall Lisa, the 1978 Malayalam horror basic that starred Seema as a girl who returns to this world after her demise to punish the lads whose plot to rape her led to her finish. 

Chathur Mukham movie review Manju Warrier blends a metaphor for tech addiction with a nod to a horror classic

Sunny Wayne and Manju Warrier

There are parallels and contrasts to be drawn between Lisa and Thejaswini. The latter is in any case an attention-grabbing character research. She is an atypical Mollywood heroine – good, enterprising, and within the face of household strain, upholds her conviction {that a} lady wants an schooling and financial stability earlier than even contemplating marriage.

The supply of her stress together with her brother and her dad and mom is one strand that’s unsatisfactorily handled within the storyline. That aside, the characterisation and remedy of Thejaswini are fastidiously thought out and well-executed. Note how administrators Ranjeet Kamala Sankar and Salil V give her an introductory scene befitting her primacy within the storyline and Manju’s stature within the movie business, with out the ridiculous close-ups of footwear and sun shades, sluggish movement and loud music which can be mainstream Mollywood’s formulation for male stars’ opening scenes in big-budget business ventures. She is asthmatic however as a substitute of utilizing her fixed companion, her inhaler, as a horror movie trope, Chathur Mukham merely underlines this lady’s exceptional power regardless of her critical bodily ailment.

Writers Abhayakumar and Anil don’t really feel pushed to provoke a romance between the heroine and hero in Chathur Mukham and even to point the presence of a romantic associate on the sidelines in both character’s sub-story. How good it’s to see two Malayalam movies in succession – this one and the latest launch, Cold Case, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Aditi Balan – acknowledging the chance {that a} man and lady could be bosom friends and/or skilled associates with out essentially being attracted to one another, and {that a} human being shouldn’t be incomplete or uninteresting and not using a romance someplace within the neighborhood, each parts that distinguish these movies from most mainstream cinema throughout India and the remainder of the world. 

Manju Warrier for her half is completely immersed in her position as Thejaswini. And Sunny Wayne lends his naturally likeable persona to Antony.

Chathur Mukham movie review Manju Warrier blends a metaphor for tech addiction with a nod to a horror classic

Niranjana Anoop and Manju Warrier

While the leads and most supporting gamers are well-rounded, Thejaswini’s good friend Safia (Niranjana Anoop) feels cursorily written. Chathur Mukham tides over such occasional glitches with storytelling that hums alongside persistently with out being predictable, and with the way by which it hyperlinks the paranormal exercise within the script to the scientific dictum declared loud and clear by Clement in the beginning: “Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed. Energy can only be transferred from one form to another.” The measure of a profitable fantasy or ghost flick is its skill to attract even a die-hard rationalist (*the author of this evaluate raises her hand*) into its premise and Chathur Mukham scores on that entrance. 

Chathur Mukham was one of many movies launched theatrically in the course of the COVID19 pandemic, that struggled to get an viewers within the circumstances. Now that it has dropped on Zee5, regardless of starring the formidable Manju Warrier it has been overshadowed by the raging debate over abortion sparked off by Sara’s (which additionally stars Sunny Wayne) and the resounding buzz round Malik. Chathur Mukham is unassuming as compared with these two, however no much less worthy of the highlight. 

Chathur Mukham movie review Manju Warrier blends a metaphor for tech addiction with a nod to a horror classic

A nonetheless from Chathur Mukham

What sealed the deal for me with this movie is its constant method to its protagonist. Antony by no means overshadows Thejaswini in the way in which males are too usually allowed to do in cinema that’s bought as “women-centric”, but he’s not relegated to irrelevance both in the way in which girls are marginalised in mainstream men-centric movies.

Antony stays Thejaswini’s unflinching ally from starting to finish, with out for even a second metamorphosing into her saviour, protector and gallant knight in shining armour on a white horse in Chathur Mukham. I spent a lot of the movie’s second half dreading the chance that it will rework itself right into a Varathan a minimum of within the climax, however…whew!…the sweat of aid doth now stream down my forehead.

Rating: 3 (out of 5 stars)

Chathur Mukham is streaming on Zee5.

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