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Haram Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Saturday, February 21, 2015 • മലയാളം ]
Haram Review
Fahadh Faasil, Radhika Apte, Madhupal, SP Sreekumar, Rashri Deshpande, Sagarika
Vinod Sukumaran

After creating a couple of flops in the Box Office, it was heard that Fahad is having ideas  of moving on to lighter films to safeguard his position in the Box Office. After watching ‘Haram’ you really gets confused about whether  he should opt for such a decision. Yes, the actor once again impresses in a complex role in a serious film, but the movie may not be the cup of tea for the majority of the regular viewers, with its  complex  multilayered script that pitch in a dull path to set up a different idea. In all probabilities,' Haram' may end up as a downer in terms of Box Office dividends.

Directed and scripted by Vinod Sukumaran, the movie has Fahad Fazil as Balakrishnan alias Balu, who works at a call  centre in Bangalore. Isha (Radhika Apte) who is his fellow worker,  is out from a relation breakup, finds a good friend in Balu and soon they fall in love, starts living together and even get married. As they shift to Kerala, they rapidly start drifting apart and end up on the brink of divorce.  As Isha files for divorce, Balu is confused as to what caused the gap between them.  And there are subplots about Salam (Sreekumar), a small-time goon plus cable TV guy and his love for Ameena (Rajshri Deshpande), who works as a dupe in films. Also part of this convoluted web of relationships is  radio jockey Gargi (Sagarika) who also pops in and out of the narrative set in a urban milieu.

The director who had been a close companion of Shyamaprasad films, editing much of them  succeeds is drawing realistically a tale of complex relationships, reflecting the trends and inclinations prevalent in today’s urban society.  The first half a hour of the movie shows immense promises but soon the sluggish pace and the complex outfit of the subject ,together with unwanted subplots, starts to work against the narrative. The blame game of the couples and later events appear too peripheral, lessening your emotional connect and involvement  to the central theme. The sparkles of  directorial finesse are evident all through the movie where Vinod doesn't try for any spoon -feeding; But the scripting of parallel narratives and  the  usage of too much of English in the dialogues ( of course justified for the life styles of the protagonists), is sure to dissuade the normal audience making it a film only aimed for the metro folk.

As usual with his films , Fahad’s performance is one of the highlights of the film, with the actor once again giving precision output of the  confusions, anger and frustration of the lead character. Radhika Apte also does full justice to her role, playing her part with maturity. Sreekumar is well cast and Radhika Deshpande is impressive. But  Sagarika’s performance seems artificial at times while Madhupal and Renji Panicker doesn’t perform as much they were needed to. In the technical sides the cinematography by Satheesh Kurup was awesome, capturing all the hues of the dense frames. The songs too don’t make too great an impression though ‘Kanal kaate  is a good hear. The background score syncs in with the theme and the mood of the film. . In the final analysis, ‘Haram may satisfy viewers who want to make structural analysis of  its content . The cinematography and the technical brilliance being the definite highlights of the movie, it can be prescribed for metro buffs and connoisseurs of experimental, urban cinema.It may be experienced best in metros and multiplexes among silent spectators.  ‘Haram’, but is definitely not a film for general masses who looks for formulaic stuffs and loads of entertainment.





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