Aadhi Malayalam Movie ReviewFeature Film | U | Action, Thriller
The acrobatic skills of Pranav Mohanlal turn out to be the trump card of director Jeethu Joseph to traverse the frontier of thriller in "Aadhi." With a predictable and not-so-refreshing tale, he tries to pull off the dividend, which remains as a pipe dream in reality. Jeethu pushes himself to shift the gear to the thriller mode right from the off. But this urgency, apparently, causes fissures in the narration.
From the pleasant family milieu, the director, who has also written the script, places the reticent Adithya Mohan (Pranav Mohanlal) alias Aadhi in a conflict zone to elicit the edge-of-the-seat feel. Ever since Aadhi sets his foot in a metro city, Jeethu's imagination bourgeons and as a result the protagonist is trapped in a murder incident. As the primary seed has been sown for the thriller, now it's Aadhi's turn to showcase his skill to get rid of the trap.
Siddique as Mohan Varma and Lena as Rosy fulfil the episode of family sentiments while Anjana (Aditi Ravi) extends her support to the hero. The hide-and-seek game between Aadhi and Reddy (Jagapahi Babu) is not so riveting to provide enough grip to the plot.
Pranav gets ample space to showcase his skills in performing action sequences but it's not a genuine opportunity to fathom his acting credentials once again. Remember, he has won State Award for the Best Child Actor for the film "Punarjani." He effortlessly hops from high-rise buildings and moves elegantly. However, the innocence and equanimity of the character is palpable in his expressions.
Jeethu explores the survival of an individual tangled in a difficult situation with technology-aided tools but the refreshing premise of a typical Jeethu film is conspicuous by its absence. Sathish Kurup has done a neat job behind the camera especially in action sequences.
Going by the narration, "Aadhi" sheds light on the mediocrity of the director's creative musings. It is clearly deprived of the vital suspense and excitement of an action thriller.