June Malayalam Movie ReviewFeature Film
It's refreshing as well as delightful to witness the liberation of a girl's mind in an informal way. As usual, her mind is tethered in the invisible fetters designed by society. 'June', helmed by debutant Ahammed Khabeer, discusses how she faces the challenges to stay afloat in life. Like her peers, the teenager has an infatuation, and later she becomes the victim of its pangs. The titular character June Sarah Joy, played by Rajisha Vijayan, goes through all kinds of experiences a teenager faces in Class 12. The charmingly written screenplay by Libin Varghese, Ahammed Khabeer and Jeevan Baby Mathew is the cornerstone of the movie that focuses entirely on the life of June.
The sole daughter of Joy (Joju George), June enjoys all freedom during her teenage days. Obviously, Cupid strikes when she gets Noel Varghese (Sarjano Khalid) as her classmate. She is immensely attached to her father and slightly detached from her strict mother (Aswathy Menon). The scenes of drinking beer with her father and sharing her personal matters with him suggest their intimacy. Meanwhile, Anand (Arjun Asokan), a student from another school, admires June without her knowledge. Ahammed has cutely narrated these parts sans relying on forced elements to buttress the relationship among students.
Set in 2006, the school life creates riveting events and after Plus Two, Noel leaves for Mumbai. With the intention of meeting him, June arrives at Mumbai after her graduation. But her reunion with Noel leads to another issue that crops up between them. A dejected June never gives up and proves her mental strength in life.
'June' showcases the two major phases of a girl's life and her resurrection from the emotional downfall. Albeit the format of the plot seldom digresses, it has a refreshing feel. Rajisha Vijayan's delightful portrayal of the eponymous character and the refreshing narration bring all the difference to this familiar plot.
Rajisha is admiringly fabulous in the movie; be in her two different getups or natural performance. She embraces the convincing routes to depict a naughty and sensitive teenager, who is heavily vulnerable in her teens. Her decisions standout and that brings in the novelty in the plot. The climax gives a dragging feel while in the process of unveiling the vital surprise. Joju as a doting father displays a satisfying performance throughout.
When a nonchalant June declares her freedom through her decisions, she echoes the need for a self-analysis sans falling into the depths of depression. Her boldness and self-respect are the catalysts that complete the rescue act in her life. Ahammed treats the tale on a positive note and the pleasant milieu fails to diminish due to the exuberance of the cast. Composer Ifthi's music never conveys insipid moments, and equally appealing is the eloquent visuals by Jithin Stanislaus.