In 'Lilli', the burden belongs to the weakest. A pregnant lady is mired in a bizarre situation sans any aid and the tale focuses on her resurrection. Written and directed by debutant Prasobh Vijayan, quite often the tale exposes its swaying trait, mostly due to the absence of a convincing execution. The premise is riveting at a glance but Prasobh mishandles the writing and in the process, his creative endeavour too.
Samyuktha Menon as Lilli single-handedly shoulders the film with panache. The crux of the conflict is based on her battle for survival from the clutches of a three-member gang, who abducts her. As a pregnant woman, the torture and struggle she faces from the gang inside a derelict building evoke aghast feel. Among them, Rajesh (Dhanesh Anand) finds vicarious pleasure in torturing others, including creatures.
Kannan Nayar appears as Sali with a restrained aggressive demeanour while Philip (Sajin Cherukayil) expresses a sort of sympathy towards the captive. Lilli showcases amazing grit and courage even while she was writhing in her pregnancy pain. Samyuktha transcends the frontiers of the usual credentials, which the specific character demands. She grabs the sympathy but at the same time, she fascinates the viewers with the revelation about her in the latter half.
Like any women, Lilli too cherishes a lot about her motherhood. The way she resists her captors is nothing less than a miracle and the whole structure of the plot crumbles here. 'Lilli' carries ample factors to be qualified as a ghastly thriller but the illogic and arid creative layers sully the prospects.
Lilli's husband Ajith (Aaryan Krishna Menon) is portrayed as a private company worker, who struggles to cope with his mediocre financial status. He prefers to work overtime to earn money before the delivery of his wife. Aayan seems to be ineffective in his performance especially in the climax where you greet the suspense with a passive mode.
Samyuktha Menon's eponymous character is the mainstay of this shoddily written and casually directed movie. Lilli faces the question of how she could get rid of the clutches of a three-member gang. Since the answer for her survival is so unconvincing and bland, 'Lilli' turns out to be a damp squib thriller.
Apart from a few good visuals occasionally, Sreeraj Raveendran, who cranks the camera, provides a mediocre output. Music composer Sushin Shyam also fails to create an immense impact.
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