After much stroll around inconsequential scripts, director V K Prakash is finally into one that will give him that much elusive winner. Yes, Anoop Menon has scored heavily once again with his scripting and acting in the new movie 'Beautiful', which is indeed beautiful in all counts. A simple but sensitive and absorbing film, the movie is all about the forced bonding of two friends, which finally takes their lives into rewarding prepositions.
The movie has Jayasuriya as Stephen lewis, the only inheritor of 200 crores assets , who is but bedridden due to disabilities to move his body below his neck. But he is a man of positivity who likes to engage himself in every activity around by hanging on to the back of his trusted aides, Kanakan (Jayan) and Kamalan (Nandhu). It was at a banquet hall of a hotel that he finds John, a gifted singer whose voice reminded him of his close friend Sreeni. Stephen immediately asks his aides to somehow convince John to come and play for him in his house. John in the meanwhile is immersed in the demands for money to establish their music band and to pay for his sister's educational expenses. He gradually starts to sing for Stephen, ending up as one of his best friends and sharing a camaraderie that he never thought of earlier.
But apart from this, not everything is as fair as Stephen expects them to be. He is continuously pleaded for money and assets by much of his relatives, of which some even plots to, finish him off so that they will get their share of his wealth. Into this turbulent atmosphere arrives Anjali, (Meghnaraj) a home nurse, whose onset changes everything around the immovable Stephen.
'Beautiful' is stunning in some parts, the title aptly describing these moments, but in other parts it is just shocking, showing how terribly ugly our world is. Though the protagonist here is always a theme for saddening stuff, the makers never ever attempts the clichÃ© and goes for the brighter sides that can looked on even from nothing.
V K Prakash and his lead man Jayasuriya , playing Stephen, manages to keep the grief filled world around in the most trickiest manner. With his acute sense of observation, Stephen reach out and warp his misery and the scripts never give him a chance to bring it out, showcasing him ever in a smile, that take it in deep into himself. It is this central character whose increasingly ravaged eyes reflecting a thousand tragedies, that keep you glued to your seats. A good selection of a role, indeed one of the best from Jayasuriya.
Anoop Menon plays a sweet second fiddle to the powerful central character. His dialogues and his personal tastes (including his love for movies-Mohanlal, Padmarajan and Sholay) that are skillfully integrated into the proceedings makes this an exciting recipe for a loving watch. Had Anoop done a little more work on the scripts, that could have came out from the solid platform that he had already laid, 'Beautiful' would have become a masterpiece. A great chance missed, 'Beautiful' still holds on for its different look into the pains of disability, well written sequences and with the best of the oneliners.
Meghnaraj is also effective in her short role, looks beautiful and acts with her subtlety. So is the others in the shorter roles including Praveena, Tesni Khan and Aprana who are not here as the archetype screen women who talks the standard lines.
The technical sides of the movie including the cinematography by Jomon T John, music and songs by Ratheesh Vega and editing by Mahesh Narayanan are topnotch, adding immensely to that damp but bright mood of the film.
'Beautiful' has a fresh, honest and unpretentious air to it, which makes it appealing. Played with subtlety and intelligence by its stars, the movie is sure to end up in the lists of the bests of the year. Rightly advised for a must and decent watch.