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Ben Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Wednesday, November 11, 2015 • Malayalam ]
Ben Review
Suraj Venjaramood
Vipin Atley

It is certainly looks like Children's Day has arrived a week early with movies like 'Ben' and 'Salt Mango Tree' releasing. 'Ben' has a very engaging storyline though a bit on the dark side with intense and melodramatic moments. This is an endearing story much in the line of 'Taare Zameen Par'. There are all those tear-jerking instances in the movie.

There is an amount of honesty in the narrative. This is a very child oriented movie, which forces the characters in it and the viewers who watch them to think from the perspective of the child. The movie is all about Ben who is the least interested in studies. His extended family dotes on him and this allows him to side step his mother's worry about him.

Things start to slide when the family moves away from this joint family set up and Ben is forced to confront his mother's ambition for him to which he cannot cope. This is where we are led to Ben's emotional turmoil, shown very melodramatically which leaves a lump in the throat. As with most of these kinds of movies, this movie too tells the message to leave the child alone basically and let him chart his own path.

Vipin Atley who made a mark with 'Homely Meals' has directed this movie and there sure is creativity in his craft. He is one promising director to watch out for. There are moments in 'Ben' specially in the second half where the narrative seems stretched out on the emotional side and Ben's overcoming of odds could have been done better.

'Ben' has used satire too to drive home pertinent points regarding a child's mind and parental over expectations burdening a child.  There are subtle humour, but the darkness of the tale in between is heart wrenching.This is one engaging tale told honestly.

Rating - 3/5

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