Saturday 5, January 2013
Anyone can take films. That is what movie "Annayum Rasoolum" teaches you. This one is a perfect example of individualism in movie making. Rajeev Ravi joined the league of directors who started off their career as cinematographers. According to the director, story of "Annayum Rasoolum" came in to his mind before seven years. Well, has he been able to cover that time barrier? That is the question here.
"Annayum Rasoolum" talks about the love between Anna (Andria Jeremiah) and Rasool (Fahad Fazil). In fact Paul (Sunny Wayne) talked about it. It was through his memory lanes, that we are exposed to their eternal love story. We are seen two police men coming to enquire about Hyder (Aashiq Abu). Hyder has been experiencing some problems in getting passport, merely because of some previous crime records in which he was actually innocent. Rasool, like other boys of his age in Mattancheri, lives a quite normal life along with his two friends. Both Abu (Shine Tom Chakko) and Ashley (Soubin shahir) are his best friends. Rasool is a taxi driver and often assists Abu for returning back vehicles from non CC remitters to a company. It was during his job as a cab driver that he met with Paul and eventually added him to his cluster of close friends.
Story moves in telling their routines of life and fight with a gang just like the other youngsters of Mattancheri as said by the director. It was quite unexpectedly that Rasool came to see Anna. What to say, she swept him of his feet – love at first sight. All the characters were builded up slowly by Rajeev Ravi. Both the family backgrounds of Anna and Rasool have been shown. Then we came to see Rasool running after Anna. Knowing that she used to travels through boat from Vypin (her house) to the textile shop where she works as a salesgirl, Rasool became a regular traveler of the boat too. Due to the fact that Anna and Paul know each other, somehow Rasool have collected her Number. Then it was through the phone that Rasool started attacking the heart of Anna. What to say, both being in different religion have to face problems and eventually the movie ended up in a tragic track.
When doing the postmortem of "Annayum Rasoolum", what comes to the mind is of course the length of it. This one drags the story to an unbelievable 3 hours. Movie is definitely an experimental one. It offers a beautiful love story, inspired from the perennial "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare. But, we need to remember that this is 21st century, and not much Malayalam movies will be out there lasting for more than 2 hours. A lot of unnecessary scenes were included in the movie which at times hauls you to hell. Many of the running scenes of Fahad could have been removed.The flashbacks of Paul's romantics scenes is another one that was needed to cut short.
One thing which caught your attention is the out and out normal guy look of Fahad Fazil. Rasool is a normal man living in Mattanchery who falls in love with a textiles sales girl. Rasool and Hyder lives apart from their father (played by Ranjith) because of the reason that he married for the second time after their mother's death. We have had seen Fahad smooching his lady counterpart virtually in his entire recent movies. This one is of no difference. But thank god, he has dressed a dhoti over his regular trousers. But, no doubt that this one doesn't crossed the limit to becoming a vulgar one, in fact a beautiful one.
What on earth, Rajeev Ravi casted five leading directors for this movie. Seeing "Annayum Rasoolum", one won't find any logic in it rather than for creating hype over it. It is not that they acted badly. All of them performed reasonably well. But, their roles demanded nothing extraordinary from them. Aashiq Abu as Fahad's brother commanded much more screen space than others. As an ordinary man desperately trying to get a passport but failing each time, his presence was more than needed. And what about Ranjith…! It made us felt that his character is of a strong willed man's. But, he totally disappointed us when became utter helpless to break the barriers of religion as it comes to the matter of his son and lover. The cases of other directors repeated the same story. Rajeev Ravi has constructed some well modeled characters, but turned out to become nothing more than usual. The father character of Anna is a perfect example of this. There was a great scope for the character to do some wonders, which have been spoiled by Rajeev Ravi.
Amidst all these, "Annayum Rasoolum" offers some genuine performance from all the actors. Whether it is Fahad or Andrea or Sunny Wayne, all of them were needed underplay their characters which have been done with ease by them. Andrea has to be appreciated for not letting her character in to the trap of language that usually becomes a problem for non – Malayalam speaking heroines of the industry. It has to be stressed that she doesn't have much to speak in the movie. Then too her character never became awkward to the viewers.
On the technical aspects, movie doesn't live up to the needs of the story. Starting from editing the list goes through script, music, camera, dubbing etc. Using sun as the main light source, many frames of the movie at times got bleached. Dubbing too is of no difference. Use of spot dubbing along with studio dubbing can be considered as a revolutionary movement in Malayalam cinema. May be due to the absent of relevant experience, it doesn't worked out properly. One more thing should be said about it is that, this has helped in bringing a natural feeling to the dialogue presentation of the characters. Music department too was not up to the mark. So is cinematography.
Script has failed to exploit more details like the issues relating inter-religious marriage or the issues regarding passport problems of Hyder. The concept of an everlasting love between couples even after the death of one has been loved by any type of film viewers. Concepts like viewing beloved ones under the water by opening eyes which have been popularized by the writers like O V Vijayan through his "Khasakkinte Ithihasam" are used in this movie too. Then too why this became a diffused bomb is of course the lack of exposure to this kind of movie making.
Visualizing a whole movie without flaws is near impossible. But, with little care some mistakes could have been avoided. Some frames of the movie has even captured the crew behind the actors is such an instance. Again, what "Annayum Rasoolum" remains back in your mind is that you too can take quality films without the budget constrain if you have ideas.