Take Off Malayalam Movie Review
The spirit is high, so is the passion in "Take Off". After a lull, I witnessed a film that has been made so passionately and candidly by a filmmaker. Based on real events, this thriller tells about the rescue of 19 Indian nurses who were stranded in the war-ravaged Tikrit in Iraq.
Editor-turned-director Mahesh Narayanan keeps simplicity in story-telling and diligently treats the story that also focuses on the pathetic conditions of Indian nurses working in an IS-controlled province in Iraq. His attempts for sincere filmmaking yield the result: to showcase the plight of nurses in war-hit countries. Albeit his maiden film as a director, Mahesh's truthful approach to his own script paves the way for intense filmmaking.
Sameera (Parvathy), a nurse, opts for a job in Iraq ignoring its aftermath. Her aim is to repay her family's debt and support them. She marries Shahid (Kunchakko Boban), his colleague, post her tumultuous married life with Faisal (Asif Ali). They arrive in a hospital in Tikrit along with others. Faisal leaves his son in the custody of Sameera, who's pregnant now. Once Shahid leaves for Mosul along with a medical team. In Tikrit IS rebels capture the city. Now the nurses are stranded in the hospital and there's no news of Shahid. Then Sameera seeks the help of Indian ambassador Manoj Abraham (Fahad Faazil).
Parvathy is simply outstanding as she largely contributes well in portraying the character Sameera, who is bold and determined. Sameera is not a typical heroine. She has her own identity and is never afraid of questioning of what she deems to be unfair. The scenes in which she fearlessly speaks against an elderly relative and her meeting with embassy officials are good instances. It appears to be one of her best performances so far. Kunchako Boban and Fahad Faazil have shown complete justice to their respective characters.
The film is top-notch on technical front; Sanu Varghese's visuals elevate the film to the realms of reality. Gopi Sunder's background score is apt to the theme and pace of the story.
"Take Off" is a highly engaging and meticulously crafted film. The experience it permeates is effusive as well as unique. Kudos to the directorial brilliance that ensures a smooth take off.
Mahesh Narayan's "Take Off" is a well-crafted story about the power of hope in a world threatened by growing terrorism. ... Show moreMahesh Narayan's "Take Off" is a well-crafted story about the power of hope in a world threatened by growing terrorism. It samples a lot of emotions that is so rare in Malayalam cinema, it is like a breath of fresh air. Book a ticket and watch it in your nearest theater now. It's a film that couldn't have released at a better time. A la Raja Krishna Menon's 2016 blockbuster Bollywood film, "Airlift", this one is a real triumph in Malayalam cinema, giving us a great take on the ongoing war.