Ashiq Vanna Divasam Review
It's an emotional drama about a family's waiting for a man working abroad. Written and directed by Krish Kymal, "Aashiq Vanna Divasam" explores the pangs of Aashiq's father and his wife. This simple story set in 2000 in Kozhikode, has its own share of drawbacks as the first half is entirely centred on the construction of the new house by Aashiq. The intermittent shift from the house to the local tea shop and vice versa to establish the premise and details of the characters creates the feel of nausea.
Shyni, portrayed by Priyamani, and her two children are waiting for the arrival of her husband Aashiq (never appears on screen), who is working in Bahrain. His father, played by Nassar Latif, a retired school teacher, is busy with the construction of the new house of Aashiq. The family's anxiety is aggravated when they learn that Aashiq voluntarily opts for working in Afghanistan with a team of workers from his company in Bahrain. Indeed, high payment is the major factor.
Shyni, hailing from a Christian family, has no support from her parents Chacko (Kalasala Babu) and Mariya (Ambika Mohan) due to her marriage with Aashiq. Her neighbour Lakshmi Amma (Kanchanamma) provides her comfort and stands by her. "Aashiq Vanna Divasam" has a more engaging second half when the real conflict of the content pervades in the right proportion.
The family undergoes a lot of strain especially the father. Nassar Latif, who also produced the film, smartly showcases his acting prowess that has all the nuances of the emotional stress being faced by the character. His performance in front of the collector at his office and in the climax scenes at the house uplifts the mediocre plot at the right time.
Meanwhile, Priya Mani has a meaty role as the mother of two children and she plays it with required emotions. The scene of her meeting with her parents is the most effective in terms of her screen presence. Director Krish Kymal follows austerity in the narration and in the technical departments. But the conventional treatment in the first half apparently exposes the dilemma in taking forward the proceedings till the conflict zone falls in place.
Along with the stress of the characters, "Aashiq Vanna Divasam" faces the problem of how to keep the audience engaged till they are led to the major theme. The conflict is apt for the drama but the issue is how long you bear the same thing that gets repeated?
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