Aadujeevitham Malayalam Movie

Feature Film | 2024 | Adaption, Biopic, Drama
Based on a famous novel about an expatriate's real life struggles in the desert, this masterpiece is marked by poetic visualisation by Blessy and compelling performance by Prithviraj Sukumaran.
Mar 28, 2024 By K. R. Rejeesh

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The subject matter of the renowned novel "Aadujeevitham" is not unfamiliar to us. Adapting a popular book into a visual medium presents a daunting challenge, yet writer-director Blessy successfully transcends the imaginative boundaries of its readers with his cinematic expertise. In "Aadujeevitham - The Goat Life," Blessy's remarkable visual acumen and craftsmanship take center stage, profoundly impacting the novel's on-screen adaptation. Despite the plot being rife with hardships and pathos, Blessy's aesthetic approach imbues the narrative with an unexpected beauty, poignantly depicting the desperate existence of a Keralite in the harsh deserts of the Middle East.

Based on author Benyamin's novel, which draws from the real-life experiences of Najeeb Muhammed from Karuvatta, Alappuzha, the story follows Najeeb's unparalleled struggles in the desert after falling victim to a visa fraud. Portrayed by Prithviraj Sukumaran with stunning realism, Najeeb becomes disconnected from the outside world, living as a shepherd in the remote reaches of the desert for years. Alongside him is Hakeem, played by KR Gokul, and Najeeb's pregnant wife Sainu, portrayed by Amala Paul, and his mother (Sobha Mohan) back home, all hoping to forge a new life in the Gulf country.

However, Najeeb finds himself relegated to a life of hardship and isolation, tending sheep under the ruthless rule of his boss, played by Omani actor Dr. Talib al Balushi, and facing the constant threat of starvation. Emotionally shattered and alienated, Najeeb loses hope of ever returning to normalcy until he finds a glimmer of hope with the assistance of an African citizen, Ibrahim Khadiri (Jimmy Jean-Louis).

Prithviraj's transformative portrayal and nuanced performance as Najeeb resonate deeply with viewers, capturing the character's physical and emotional journey with remarkable authenticity and dedication. His ability to convey Najeeb's despair and anguish without resorting to melodrama or artificiality is particularly commendable, underscoring his status as a formidable talent in the industry. Gokul also leaves a lasting impression, particularly in the film's emotionally charged latter half.

Blessy's cinematic interpretation, coupled with Benyamin's evocative prose, creates a vivid depiction of Najeeb's harrowing desert odyssey. A.R. Rahman's soulful music further enhances the emotional depth of the narrative, while Resul Pookutty's impeccable sound design adds to the immersive experience. Visually, Sunil KS's captivating cinematography captures the barren landscapes of the desert, mirroring Najeeb's internal struggles and serving as a metaphor for his state of mind.

In summary, "Aadujeevitham" stands as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity, with Blessy's poetic direction and Prithviraj's compelling performance elevating it to a cinematic masterpiece. Disturbing yet poignant, the film resonates with audiences, evoking memories of personal struggles and the universal quest for hope and redemption on foreign soil.

K. R. Rejeesh