Title: Maniyarayile Ashokan
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Jacob Gregory, Anupama Parameswaran, Krishna Sankar, Shine Tom Chacko, Dulquer Salmaan
Director: Shamzu Zayba
Streaming on: Netflix
Story: Ashokan (Jacob Gregory) has trouble finding himself a bride. After almost losing hope completely, he comes to know that Shyama (Anupama Parameswaran) is secretly in love with him from a very long time. Just when Ashokan starts thinking that his life is heading in the right way, a small twist in the tale shocks him. What is that twist and what followed it forms the rest of the story.
Performances: Jacob Gregory has done his part well as a confused and innocent young man craving to get married. Anupama Parameswaran has limited screen time and shines in the given space. Krishna Sankar and Shine Tom Chacko are good as Ashokan’s friends. Dulquer Salmaan and Nazriya Nazim appear in cameos.
Technicalities: Camerawork is good and the beautiful Kerala villages and nativity have been captured very well as always. Sreehari’s music is pleasant but there are too many songs in the second half which don’t get registered in our minds. Background score is exceptional. Dialogues are neat and simple. Production values are decent. Movie has been produced jointly by Dulquer Salmaan and Jacob Gregory.
Analysis: The movie has a simple storyline where the protagonist is very anxious to get married and lead a happy life but luck does not favor him at all. The first one hour of the film is pleasant and breezy with some good music and fun, feel good moments leading the way. The latter half of the film becomes tedious with the portions between Ashokan and a banana plant getting dragged too much. If the same breeziness and feel good factor was maintained in the latter half, the film movie would have made for a great watch. Director Shamzu Zayba started off well but could not maintain the same energy in the second half. The second half tests our patience a bit too much but the climax is good and ends on a feel good note.
On a whole: Maniyarayile Ashokan is a feel good film with some hiccups in the latter half. It can be given a try if you are bored.