Fiddle tries to merge music with mystery but offers nothing special. It doesn't go beyond tried out formulae and shallow techniques and is a film that fails to get the viewer involved at any level.
A group of youngsters who are also students of the Music College, form an organization called Satkala Sangham under the leadership of Sandeep (Varun J Tilak). They move from village to village doing programmes and help the needy and the poor with the money that they earn. On one such journey they happen to camp at a hill station called Ponmudi, where Sandeep and his friends get caught up in the mysteries surrounding the life of a girl named Gayatri.
The story devices that are equipped in 'Fiddle' are primitive. The characters in the film very rarely sound and act as real human beings and for most of the part they appear as mere plastic movie versions.
The dialogues of the film play a significant role in adding to this artificiality. The real problem lies in the fact, that there is nothing much to talk about when the real story has been revealed within the initial half an hour or so. So most of the conversations between the characters end up being repetitions of utterances that have been made earlier. This is particularly true of Gayatri who has to blurt out the very same expressions of helplessness for the entire length of the film.
The suspense that is built up around the girl whom Sandeep names as Anamika initially, soon dissolves into thin air like the mist all around. Once its gone, there is very little for us to hold on to, except for a story that is peppered with contrivances.
The only association that this film has with the 'Fiddle' is a mute fiddler who appears every now and then to play a tune. He is there in the very last scene as well, but no connection is apparently established between him and the rest of the film. I don't think this character demands a closer inspection either as he was expected to remain on the margins; a mute spectator to the happenings around.
'Fiddle' marks the acting debut of ISS fame Varun J Tilak, and he has done a fair job in a low weight role that doesn't demand too much from his side. Ananya does the same as well, and never has to perform much either. Jagathy, Bindu Panicker and Jagadeesh also chip in their little bits, but to no avail. The same however couldn't be said of the performances of a couple of other new faces who have done significant roles in the film.
There is nothing much discuss about the technical aspects of the film, with almost all of the departments remaining strictly passable. The songs are quite easy on the ears, but their picturisation leave a lot to be desired.
'Fiddle' is one of those films that mainly falters because of the failing of its central premise. This is why even though it comes along with minimum fanfare, it still leaves you as cold as a wet towel.
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