The take-off has been auspicious for Srikant Murali in his flight with "Aby". The debutant director's effortless narration of the life of Aby (Vineeth Sreenivasan) captivates all the minds easily as "Aby" tells the story of realizing one's long-cherished dream.
As a child, Aby has a fascination for flying. Unlike other children, his interests are different and thus his dream of flying brings troubles for his parents, especially for his father Baby (Sudheer Karamana). His mother, Clara (Vinitha Koshy) is the sole solace for Aby, who also faces speech impairment during childhood.
After his mother's death, Aby, now a teenager, finds life difficult with his father. His neighbor Xavier (Suraj Venjaramoodu) also opposes him when his daughter Anumol (Mareena Michael) shows a crush on Aby. Though people around Aby are able to realize his skills as a prodigy, Aby incurs problems through his passion and he is forced to run away from home. In the city he comes across GK (Manish Choudhary) and there begins the turning point in Aby's life.
The screenplay by Santhosh Echikkanam delves into the struggles of Aby and how he overcomes it. The first half is more riveting and taut. Vineeth Sreenivasan is at ease in the title role and he could emote well in a convincing manner despite having a few dialogues. He accomplishes in earning the empathy by restraining from being hammy.
Portraying Aby with a distinct body language and mien are obviously challenging. For Vineeth, who has proved his mettle as a filmmaker, Aby turns out to be a strong statement in his acting career.
Meanwhile, the pace of "Aby" eases up in the second half and this appears to be a tad hindrance towards the climax. Besides, the director faces the problem of "what-to-narrate" situation in certain scenes at this stage, and apparently, the film's predictability unravels here. The plot has inspirational elements, but lack of intensity in the climax takes off the sheen from that factor.
Most relieving Srikant Murali could present "Aby" devoid of trite story-telling. Though there is an inkling of predictability, the movie has its own charm, thanks to the performances of unfamiliar faces and beautiful visuals by Sudheer Surendran.
If you are game for lapping up shards of inspirational elements from "Aby", you will definitely enjoy this film.
Aby Video Review
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good