Aaro Malayalam Movie

Feature Film | 2024
Set on the outskirts of Thrissur town, 'Aaro' is an outdated and frivolous revenge drama making the ensemble cast scout for a meaningful space to perform.
May 12, 2024 By K. R. Rejeesh

Ripe with a tenuous conflict, this revenge drama embraces an ordinary track to tell a tale set in and around Thrissur town. Veteran director Kareem is back with 'Aaro' after a hiatus by creating a mysterious halo around the protagonist, who is waiting to take revenge on his foes. The screenplay, co-written by Kareem and Rasheed Parakkal, struggles to sustain its focus on the main thread; let alone creating a solid tale. Obviously, the obsolete story pattern is in severe trouble while hobnobbing with a lethargic treatment and approach. At times, the film seems to be pretty nasty and silly with its volatility in focusing on events and characters. The shoddy editing really amplifies the burden when you are lumbered with irrelevant details of the plot.

Here, Kareem, who has helmed films like 'Ezharakoottam', 'Samoohyapadam' and 'Agninakshathram,' appears to be not in full flow of his creative musings. Sluggishly written and poorly directed, 'Aaro' is a revenge drama set on the outskirts of Thrissur town. Murugan, played by Kichu Tellus, arrives in the town with a purpose and his demeanour makes everyone take him as a mysterious man. Thamara, played by Anumol, from Anjara Colony, confronts Murugan in front of the temple where she used to sell flowers. But later, Thamara feels a soft corner for Murugan and their relationship is mistaken by her son.

Now and then, we see police officer Binu, played by Joju George, on screen without any specific purpose. And of course, it is a forgettable character for an actor like Joju's caliber since there's scarcely any individuality to the role. Anumol is well-placed as a suffering widower but she is tussling with the limited features offered by the script. She has tried her best to portray the major role in 'Aaro' though the screenplay apparently exudes its vacuous trait. Kichu Tellus struggles to gather emotions in the right proportion to give a convincing performance. Meanwhile, the colony scenes and the melee of the residents have come out in a somewhat natural way.

Sudheer Karaman appears as gold merchant David with a tad villainism and it is a deliberately created character with similarities to a real-life businessman. Jayaraj Warrior plays Prasad, an office bearer of Devaswom Board. The scenes of autorickshaw driver Kunjakka, played by Kalabhavan Navas, stalking a salesgirl are entirely overdone and have little impact on the plot. Also, the sequences of Hereesh Pengan as a cunning beggar and his bickering with his mother are a tad unbearable after a certain point.

'Aaro' is an outdated and frivolous revenge drama, making the ensemble cast scout for a meaningful space to perform. It neither has a story structure or story-telling pattern apart from setting actors for walking in contrived scenes. Bijibal's ordinary music and BGM never adds any kind of charm to the wayward narration. With lack of any sort of creativity and imagination in conceiving events and characters, this film gives a sublime hardship to viewers to witness the lacklustre proceedings on screen. To sum up, disappointment is in the cards with a disastrously made revenge drama.

K. R. Rejeesh