Hadiyya Malayalam Movie

Feature Film | 2017
A pervasive inconsistency in every department fizzles out 'Hadiyya,' which is a package of insipid drama.
Jul 17, 2017 By K. R. Rejeesh

Writer P.P. Abdul Razak unfolds a plethora of events to redefine tolerance and humanity in "Hadiyya." His major three characters are from Hindu, Christian and Muslim background. The writer adopts a novel way to unite them through their bizarre decisions in life. Considering the trite themes in some films that speak about religious harmony, "Hadiyya" echoes the potentials of a riveting plot. Unfortunately, it remains only in paper.

The treatment of the plot by debutant director Unni Prranavam appears to be perfunctory, providing mundane moments. The scenes provide a kind of detachment altogether and it gives the feel of amateur narration.

Meanwhile, the episode of surrogacy is rather convincing in the movie. To drive home the idea of religious harmony, Unni could not establish realistic details from the story. Treatment of topics like humane gesture and religion in films are as old as the hills; but, still, they could have been transformed well into making a result-oriented movie.

The conflict begins when Brahmadattan aka Brahma (Nishan) decides to marry Sara (Ragini Nandwani). Circumstances force Sara, who is a nun, to return to her materialistic life. When Sara's religion opposes the inter-caste marriage, the couple embraces Islam. Then there is a parallel story of an orphan woman, Khadeeja (Leona Lishoy), who enters their life. The film becomes slightly interesting at this juncture.

Amidst the lukewarm performances, Leona Lishoy grabs the attention within her limited space for portraying Khadeeja. It's quite different from her usual urban girl characters. The customary inclusion of songs adds to the impediments to the proceedings.

To sum up, a pervasive inconsistency in every department fizzles out "Hadiyya," which is a package of insipid drama.

K. R. Rejeesh