Kinar Malayalam Movie

Feature Film | 2018 | U
'Kinar' lacks the depth and creative order to highlight a social problem. It appears as a confused mixture of drama and carries traits of a documentary. The presence of an ensemble cast goes awry as the film fails to give a convincing answer to quench the doubts.
Feb 24, 2018 By K. R. Rejeesh

Look at the star cast. The lineup is great. Jayaprada plays Indira, Pasupathi portrays Sakthivel, Seema as judge, Archana essays Sugandhi and Revathy as collector Aruna. What's more, it has a relevant topic: scarcity of water. The premise is well set along with the conflict in the film. Now, take a look at the execution of director M.A. Nishad.

Going by the plot, he vividly proves that the focus should fall on Indira and her adopted daughter Raseena (Parvathy Nambiar) at the outset. He places them as victims of fake terror cases. What he intends is the resurrection of a population, which is deprived of drinking water. But while he dabbles with more than one issue, what prevails is the commotion of issues that takes the film nowhere.

"Kinar" (Well) is the object of dispute between two States in the film. As the whole village near the border struggle to get drinking water, politicians of both sides exploit the situation to make things favourable for them. Indira is projected as the saviour of the village along with Sakthivel. But Jayaprada does not give the feel of a feisty leader while Revathy has rather a small role in the film. Pasupathy has to do nothing more than yelling at his opponents.

In between, the aerial shots show the parched lands and struggle of women to fetch water. Nishad also includes the issue of women empowerment and atrocities by the police. His focus is swaying in the movie altogether and the water issue gets the feel of a documentary. In fact, the director's take on political issues is simply peripheral.

The gravity of the water problem is conveyed convincingly in a scene where Sugandhi lashes out at the officials in a meeting. Such a depth in the topic is absent in other parts of the movie. Shoddy editing and rhetoric statements only help extend the tedious moments.

K. R. Rejeesh