Kismath Malayalam Movie ReviewFeature Film | U | Drama, Musicals, Romance
The anguish and the torment of ill fated love has been captured intensely in many a film, but where Shanavas Bavakutty's 'Kismat' scores is the evocative manner that it adopts to portray a much familiar theme on screen. The raw authenticity that it showcases is one that is shorn of needless embellishments, and which is heartfelt and out-and-out significant.
Irfan (Shane Nigam), a young boy from an affluent Muslim family in Ponnani finds himself in love with Anitha (Sruthi Menon), a much older Hindu woman from the scheduled cast, pursuing research at the university. Realizing that their love tale is doomed, the duo seek refuge at a police station and requests the sub inspector (Vinay Fort) to offer them protection.
The slender plot element that makes up the running time of about one hundred and three minutes, keeps the camera fixed on a police station, where the couple hopes they would be served justice. It remains that theirs is only one of the many stories that occurs there, and it takes a while before they get to put forth their grievance before the police officer.
At the onset, Kismat' comes across as yet another story of love where religion and caste have assumed the role of the antagonists. The respective families of the two lovers line up in protest, and after much threatening, coaxing and cajoling, finally manage to make them realize that things aren't as undemanding as they seem to be.
The significance of the film however lies in the way it has sketched these two individuals, who are bound by the fervent desire to live together, and yet who comprehend that the society that they live in would stop at nothing to see that they are estranged. It's this heartbreaking misfortune that lends the film a melancholic tone; one that noticeably sets it apart from other movies that fall in the same genre.
'Kismat' proudly proclaims the arrival of a powerhouse of talent in the form Shane Nigam, the young actor who literally moves mountains to deliver a pitch perfect performance; one that should have him vying for the acting honours this year. Shane is a stellar revelation and bowls you over with his vulnerability that he spills straight across the screen through his sceptical, blinking eyes.
There is a gravity that Sruthi brings in to almost every character that she plays - even the very minor ones that she has donned - and she ensures that Anitha is drawn in precise terms, with a body language that borders between the certain and the insecure. Vinay Fort, Alencier Ley, P Balachandran, Sunil Sukhada, Binoy Nambala and a host of other supporting actors lend in their very relevant bits as well.
Technically however the film does appear like it could have done a tad better, and the cinematography by Suresh Raj remains adequate at best. While the musical score by Sumesh Parameshwaran, Shamej Sreedharan and Sushin Shyam has a couple of tuneful melodies on offer, the background score very rarely leaves an impact.
Flawlessly acted, remarkably scripted and skilfully executed, 'Kismat' is a striking cinematic accomplishment that needs to be seen and appreciated. It brandishes the emotional tumult that lies within, with immense ferocity and passion, and emerges exultantly as one of the best films that have made it to the screens this year.