Apoorva Malayalam Movie Review

Feature Film
Apoorva is a film that disappoints you on the whole, except for the way the filmmaker has chosen to end it.
Sep 21, 2008 By Thomas T

Apoorva had already made news as the debut directorial venture of a 17 year old director, who had earlier made some short films that had won recognition. Leaving aside the age of the filmmaker, Apoorva is a film that disappoints you on the whole, except for the way the filmmaker has chosen to end it.

Apoorva is presented as the narration by a small boy of the happenings that take place in his school, the St.George Public School. The key players in the story are a bunch of students of the school, namely Sathya, Jerin, Meryl and Pooja. Krishna is another main character, who sits outside the school campus selling guavas and mostly spends his time playing the flute. Krishna is very close to Sathya, Jerin and Meryl.

Deep in his heart Sathya has a fondness for Pooja, who is a lonely and dejected girl. She had lost her father, and her mother had left her to live with her lover. Pooja now stays with her grandmother. A new teacher named Lakshmi Devi comes to the school. She gets friendly with all the students and develops an understanding for Pooja and her problems.

Krishna, who knows Pooja's grandmother, gets sympathetic about her when he gets to know all about her. And then, one day, Pooja faints and falls from the staircase inside the school. Doctors say she is suffering from an infection in the cornea that could eventually take away her eyesight. Sathya professes his love for Pooja while she is in the hospital, but the latter doesn't encourage it. From here the story takes a new turn.

There isn't anything new in the way the story develops. As must be expected from a 17 year old, the treatment is rather amateurish. As for performance of the cast, none of the debutante youngsters doing key roles in the film are impressive. Vimala Raman as Lakshmi Devi too doesn't make an impression. Kalabhavan Mani and Suraaj Venjaramoodu, who appear towards the end of the film, don't have anything to do. Technical aspects too don't deserve mention. Neither do the songs. Summing up, Apoorva is a wasted effort. It's the inexperience of the director that has let the film down, but if young Nithin Ramakrishnan is given more opportunities, he could turn out into a good filmmaker.

Thomas T