Eesho Malayalam Movie
Eesho begins with a cringeworthy scene that sets the tone for the rest of the film. A grown-up man treats a girl in a way that is suggestive of a forthcoming rape. In the next scene, the movie shows the girl crying as she walks out of the room, and the camera zooms in on the back of the girl to suggest how young she is.
Then, you will have to wait for a long time to know what the movie is all about. There is Jaffar Idukki as an ATM security guard who is about to testify in court. It takes a while to know who he will testify against and why. A mysterious man named Eesho (Jayasurya) comes to see the security guard. The rest of the movie shows who Eesho is and what he has to do with the security person.
Eesho is a pretty straightforward movie with predictable elements that we usually see in rape-revenge thrillers. Director Nadirshah uses the resources available to him well enough to set up an intriguing premise, but the element of predictability in the script deprives us of any shock value. It is not always possible to thrill the audience just by delaying a piece of information or two.
There is a problematic and regressive idea in rape-revenge thrillers, and Eesho will only serve to propagate it. These movies suggest that women are raped so that men can save them and that violence is the only way to deal with rape. Nevertheless, Eesho does not have more problematic elements related to its theme, such as victim shaming.
Even as a piece of entertainment, Eesho hardly rises above the quality of being watchable, but that is OK. You may like this film if you can overlook the element of predictability in it.
The scenes shot at night bring a sense of authenticity to the proceedings. The background music does a good job of holding our attention, and the performances of Jayasurya and Jaffar Idukki are quite good.
His character may be predictable, but Jayasurya does a good job of playing a mysterious man who holds his cards close to his chest. Jayasurya is not afraid of being a bit unlikable on screen, which is a good quality to have for a movie star. On the other hand, Jaffar Idukki is terrific as a helpless security guard with morbid fears. Jaffar Idukki is one of those underrated actors who can effortlessly play the Chief Minister of Kerala and the security guard of an ATM counter. Even in a role that he has done many times before, Jaffar Idukki in Eesho reminds us of how good he is as an actor.