Nalla Vishesham Review
Newbie director Ajithan is harping on the same string with Nature becoming the core topic for discussion in 'Nalla Vishesham'. The exploitation of the environment and its aftermath pose a question on the fate of a population living on the banks of a river. The picturesque lush green landscape on the foot of a hill moves towards destruction owing to the mishandling of people, who find monetary benefit from it. Ajithan's movie evokes a docu-drama feel now and then albeit it's a socially relevant theme.
The village Njavaroorkadavu is blessed with nature's bounty: abundant pure water, river, greenery and favourable farming conditions. Farmer Kashi (Sreeji Gopinath), son of the late comrade Keezhoor Surendran (Indrans), leads a life close to nature with his organic farming. He is known for his organic farming and eco-friendly lifestyle. College professor Balakrishnan, played by Dinesh Panicker, quite often lends him advice regarding his farming methods. Kashi keeps a sort of worship towards Nature and he rightly proves it with his life.
Chembil Asokan appears as Divakara Panicker, a greedy businessman with immoral deeds. He lavishly uses pesticides on his farm to make a killing. Ajayan (Biju Sopanam) is his aide in his illegal acts, including sand mining. When Panicker tries to extract sand from a hill, locals led by Kashi opposes it. But bureaucratic assistance evades the poor villagers due to the high influence of Panicker. Then the signs of 'killing' the ecosystem start to crop up in that village. At one stage, some of the villagers ponder over leaving the place when authorities plan to take over their land for road widening. Besides the wrath of Nature, the beleaguered people are destined to face the unfussy attitude of bureaucrats.
With a pretty good intention, 'Nalla Vishesham' takes up the cudgels for preserving nature and its environment. While the social commitment of the film is absolutely undeniable, the grammar of creativity falters on the trot.
Scripted by Vinod. K. Vishwan, the theme shows explicit regression since cinematic traits are hard to come by in the tale. The format of narration is banal devoting for a usual purpose, thereby paving the way for purgation. New face Sreeji struggles to convey the emotions as he is not amply given the room to perform in the lead role.
Biju Sopanam exquisitely showcases his natural best by transcending himself to embrace the emotional fringes. As an erratic character, his screen presence jazz up the proceedings temporarily. Albeit subtle, a unique bond between man and animal becomes an effective statement in the film. To sum up, the messages are clear-- 'Go Green' and preserve the environment, but while you wish for a film with novelty, the satisfaction is beyond the reach.
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