Ayur Rekha Malayalam Movie Review

Feature Film
Nov 16, 2007 By Unni Nair

What would you expect from an investigative flick which has Sreenivasan in it, donning the lead role of an investigative officer? If you are someone who approaches films with a realistic kind of attitude, you're not going to be disillusioned with Ayur Rekha, directed by debutante G.M. Manu. It's not extraordinary, but it's good all the same, especially if you go to see it with a totally unprejudiced mind.


Ayur Rekha has as the central character Dr. Aparna, whose divorce case with husband Dr. Venugopal is in progress. Aparna is a very sophisticated character whom it is very difficult to understand. As the Managing Director of Shankar Hospital, which she has inherited from her father, she is extremely strict and sometimes even a bit rude to her subordinate staff.


Dr. Mallika works in the same hospital. Mallika's husband Anand is the one who is appearing for Aparna in court, as her advocate. Aparna, knowing that Anand is sad at being issueless after being married for years, makes attempts to lure Anand into a relationship with her and she is almost successful. She has promised Anand that if he helps her in winning the case, she would gift him with something totally unexpected. And Anand, who understands her intentions, is caught in the web of the temptations offered by her.


In the meantime Thriprayar Madhavan, who comes to live in a house near Aparna's, also gets attracted to her. Madhavan is a musician and he begins to feel that he can win over Aparna into a relationship. But things are not as easy as he thinks. The day he jumps the wall and knocks on Aparna's door in the dead of the night, he gets hit on the head from behind and finds himself next in the hospital.


Finally Aparna's case in court reaches an end and the very same day Mallika too is diagnosed to be pregnant. And then follows the most startling of developments. Aparna is found dead in her own bed, with all symptoms of having taken her own life by injecting too much of Pethidine. Postmortem results too confirm this. But then the story takes a new turn. Aparna's son, just a young boy, has his own doubts and he sends an e-mail to Jacob George, the new Superintendent of Police. Jacob George reopens the case.


The film belongs to Lakshmi Sharma (who plays Dr. Aparna) and Sreenivasan (who plays Jacob George). If Lakshmi Sharma dominates the action in the first half, it's Sreenivasan who hogs the limelight after making his appearance in the post-interval section. Sreenivasan does full justice to the role and performs in his typical style, quite convincingly.


Others in the cast, like Indrajith (Anand), Jyothirmayi (Mallika), Saikumar (Dr.Venugopal) etc are comfortable with their respective roles. Mukesh's character, that of Thriprayar Madhavan seems to be a bit overdone, characterization-wise, especially since the character has been made out to be too funny, but Mukesh makes it rather convincing. Jagathy Sreekumar is his very usual self as the Pharmaceutical man Thankappan Pillai, Thriprayar Madhavan's friend. Urvashi hasn't got much to do as Jacob George's wife, though she is OK with her role. Nedumudi Venu as Captain Nair, who is the right-hand man of Aparna, does well.


There's nothing much to be said about the songs, which are not impressive at all. Technical aspects are good. The director and the scenarist, with ample support from the cast, have done a commendable job, but still, as the film doesn't have anything new to offer and since it hasn't had much of publicity, it's to be seen how it fares at the box office. In total Ayur Rekha is not disappointing fare, but it isn't too good either.


Unni Nair

   

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