The coronary heart and soul of Kaanekkaane is Suraj Venjaramoodu who has had an unbelievable journey lately from character artiste to main man.
Kaanekkaane just isn’t simple to fit. It is at one degree a thriller, however an unconventional addition to that style for the reason that massive reveal comes a lot earlier than the climax. The cause for this narrative construction is obvious: the mystery-that-was-not-initially-considered-a-mystery is pivotal to the plot, however at its core, this movie is much less concerning the suspense round that factor than it’s a research of human psychology.
Directed by Manu Ashokan whose debut characteristic was the superb Parvathy-starrer Uyare (2019), Kaanekkaane’s effectiveness hinges on its meticulously measured incremental revelations about its central trio. Manu and writers Bobby and Sanjay (who additionally wrote Uyare) are decided to not paint any of them as an all-out villain or angel, which is the complete level of the movie, the supply of its brilliance but additionally its Achilles heel since this dedication results in a disputable equivalence being urged between two characters. This contentious comparability requires a protracted dialogue, however the movie nonetheless stays riveting from begin to end, not simply as a whodunwhat but additionally with the gradual unravelling of the ethical questions it raises.
It begins with a frivolously gray-haired Paul (Suraj Venjaramoodu) shopping for goodies, candles and matches at a roadside retailer. The latter are for a go to to a cemetery, the goodies are for his grandson Kuttu (Alok Krishna).
Paul subsequent arrives at a home and the door is opened by a pregnant younger girl. She addresses him as Papa however he appears to know little about her and they’re clearly uneasy with one another. We step by step study that she is Sneha (Aishwarya Lekshmi), spouse of Allen (Tovino Thomas) who was earlier married to Paul’s late daughter Sherin (Shruti Ramachandran) who died in an accident.
In a quiet and unhurried method, the narrative travels forwards and backwards between the previous and current to determine Paul’s easygoing equation with Sherin, the father-son-like bond between Paul and Allen, Paul’s quest for justice for Sherin, how Allen and Sneha met, the load on the grieving Allen’s thoughts and the inexplicable pressure gnawing at their relationship. The course and Abhilash Balachandran’s fluid modifying make sure that there are not any apparent heralds of those shifts in time, but recognizing a shift turns into an satisfying train with out being a pressure.
Each scene provides a brand new piece to the puzzle, whereas the music by Ranjin Raj is used to reinforce the movie’s enigmatic environment and air of intense unhappiness.
Kaanekkaane is about how lives may be altered ceaselessly with a single choice, how guilt or bitterness can eat individuals, concerning the pulls, pushes and complexities of relationships, and the way in a second of weak point even an extraordinary human being could be able to surprising, even uncharacteristic, morally repugnant deeds.
This brings us to the one concern with the movie. Two individuals in Kaanekkaane take pleasure in briefly horrible conduct at separate instants in time. It just isn’t unattainable to imagine that actual individuals would possibly behave equally, however it’s troubling that the storytelling implies an equivalence between their actions. The first was criminally heartless, compounded by a pile-up of lies, and the development in direction of that last act is insufficient; the second is a momentary, plausible and relatable lapse of conscience with a build-up in direction of it that, whereas not justifying it, does assist us perceive the way it might need occurred.
The forgiveness that comes in the long run depends on this duo viewing one another as equally culpable. In actuality it’s seemingly that they could have arrived at this conclusion, however the issue is that the movie itself seems to take the stand that they’re.
Bobby and Sanjay are stalwarts of Malayalam cinema, and as much as that second the place these two people are equated by implication, the narrative is flawless. Here although, it looks like convincing characterisation has taken a backseat to the bigger level that Kaanekkaane goals to make.
It doesn’t assist this flip of occasions that the writing of Sherin just isn’t as detailed because the others, neither is her relationship with Allen fleshed out as totally as the remainder. The sudden revving up of feelings and the pointedly elevated sound design within the final scene additionally don’t match the understated tone of the movie till then.
While this debate continues, it should be acknowledged that Kaanekkaane is gripping and fantastically acted each step of the way in which.
Tovino and Aishwarya are as immersed of their roles as they often are, making it onerous to unequivocally go judgement towards their characters. Although very totally different movies, Kaanekkaane is a worthy follow-up to the electrical chemistry they conjured up on display screen in Mayaanadhi (2017).
The supporting characters on this movie are additionally properly forged and properly performed.
The coronary heart and soul of Kaanekkaane, nonetheless, is Suraj Venjaramoodu who has had an unbelievable journey lately from character artiste to main man.
If you thought it was not attainable for him to outdo his personal performances in Android Kunjappan Version 5.25, Vikruthi and this 12 months’s pan-India rage, The Great Indian Kitchen, you thought flawed. Venjaramoodu appears to be in possession of a secret weighing instrument on which he determines the optimum quantum of feelings to specific on display screen with out the hassle displaying. His completely calibrated performing on this movie is epitomised by that dialog by which he tells Allen concerning the life he had deliberate for himself if Sherin had been alive. He broke my coronary heart in that scene.
There is lots to suggest in Kaanekkaane, and proper on high of that checklist are two phrases: Suraj Venjaramoodu.
Kaanekkaane is streaming on SonyLIV.