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Sakhavu Defines The Term Comrade
Sakhavu is almost perfect for its intention, but far from it for its execution, says Sriram.
On Apr 20, 2017

 

It is widely believed that humanity is the foundation of Communism. But being a politician is not just about serving the public. It demands games to be played and wars to be fought for expansion and survival. Sakhavu calls for the young comrades to ponder about the basic reason why they carry the 'Sakhavu' tag. But the call is not arousing enough as it lacks depth and intensity.

 

Sakhavu starts off introducing the protagonist Krishnakumar who almost resembles the typical Nivin Pauly character who is always looking for shortcuts. Although the script very often crosses the line of being real, the comedy and the content keeps the movie going smoothly. It gives hope of increase of intensity as the movie pans back in time, where Sakhavu Krishnan introduces the communist party at Munnar, organizing the oppressed workers. Even as Sakhavu Krishnan continues his heroics, the impact and excitement it creates on the audience are constrained. The character extracts the respect from the audience but not really the whole-hearted love. The reason for that may be the weak script, where Sakhavu Krishnan’s valiant actions are being plainly narrated, with minimal stress on details involved. The union of the workers is shown nicely but not really their struggles before that, thus stealing the fuel for what is shown on screen. The movie picks up some pace in the second half, with a bit of romance portrayed subtly. The song ‘Madhu Mathi’strikes at the right time to take the viewers attention back into the movie. But yet again, Sakhavu fails to rise to the vigor a comrade is expected to do. As it nears the full time, the movie

goes downhill, failing to break the cliché and predictability. But a good ending, which injects the beautiful message of the movie, reminds the viewers of all the good things he just encountered on screen. Although the script fails to conquer the depths the story deserves, the movie has some gripping moments and dialogues. If they had been blended well with the rest of the movie, Sakhavu could have indeed become firebrand stuff. 

Nivin Pauly has often been criticized for his range of acting. He answered his critics to a great extent through Action Hero Biju. Sakhavu posed a totally new challenge to him both in terms of range and make-over. It’s fair to say that he passes the challenge, but not with great distinction. Despite a decent performance from him, his screen presence couldn’t deliver punch the character Sakhavu Krishnan was capable of delivering. It was evident that the character deserved a better mould. Nivin’s sound modulation also comes under scrutiny when he performs the aged version of Sakhavu Krishnan. The rest of the cast put up a decent performance with Baiju, BinuPapu , Aparna Gopinath and Sreenivasan grabbing eyeballs.

 

The background score by Prashant Pillai hits its target only rarely. Handling a theme where great music could do wonders, he had an ordinary outing. The songs were also mostly average. But ‘Madhu Mathi’ had the beautiful Prasanth Pillai touch to it, rendered by his trusted combination of Shreekumar Vakkiyil and Preeti Pillai. It is also worth noting that the song gives a much-needed lift for the movie in the second half.

 

Sakhavu is almost perfect for its intentions, but far from it for its execution. There are movies which try hard through the length of it to convey a message and there are ones which focusses at the perfection of its current instant, subtly planting the message in the viewer by the end. Sakhavu clearly belongs to the former category. But the movie surely has its moments and conveys a message deeply relevant to our times.

 
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