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    TIFF 2019 Movie Review: ‘Moothon’

    Geetu Mohandas’ second film ‘Moothon’ is practically impossible to label neatly. It is as much a Hindi film as it is Malayali. It features one of Malayalam cinema’s biggest commercial heroes, but is nothing like the quintessential Nivin Pauly films he’s known for. Even the film’s crime adventure image is inaccurate, since it is also a drama, a tragedy and so much more. All of this may sound messy, but it is also what makes ‘Moothon’ a memorable experience.

    The story starts with Mulla – a teenager obsessed with the idea of elder brother Akbar, who left the village years ago. Only acquainted with the mysterious Akbar through hearsay, Mulla decides to sail to Mumbai in the hopes of finding the missing sibling. The journey, however, is not smooth sailing, since the teen gets pushed into the city’s underbelly right upon arrival.

    ‘Moothon’ is a decent crime film with several plot twists, even if most of the supporting actors feel two-dimensional. But it’s even better when it steps away from being a crime film. Exploring the idea of good and bad influences, Mohandas turns what seems like yet another Mumbai underworld film into so much more. She takes a detour from the genre to tell you a story about religious guilt, societal judgement and self-identity. The film also features a very compelling, heartbreaking love story, shot beautifully on the shorelines of Lakshadweep. All these threads connect to show the journey of Akbar and Mulla, how their experiences formed who they were, who they had become and who they want to be.

    Nivin Pauly navigates through a drastic character arc as Akbar. Effortlessly nailing the gentler side of his character with his charm, Pauly also manages to be unexpectedly menacing as the hardened tough criminal. Roshan Mathew plays Ameer with a tenderness and charisma that makes it very hard to take your eyes off him. Sobhita Dhulipala and Shashank Arora are given one-note characters and perform them well enough. But the star of the film is Sanjana Dipu, who has transformed for her role.

    ‘Moothon’ may not be a perfect film, but it is magical in all the right moments. The film shines when it breaks expectations to tell the story it wants to share. If action and suspense isn’t your thing, watch it for the glorious sea. If the love story isn’t your cup of tea, stay for the social critique. And if none of that appeals to you, there’s always the mermaid.


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    Moothon Review: A Whiff of Salaam Bombay Pervades Through This Film Even As Nivin Pauly, The Actor, Reinvents Himself
    BY ADITYA SHRIKRISHNA On SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

    "Nivin Pauly, the actor will henceforth be referred to as pre-Moothon and post-Moothon because this is nothing like anything he’s done ever before. He has been seen on stale, similar roles and in just about inoffensive films like Hey Jude or Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela. Moothon gives him a bigger canvas and comes up with two roles for the price of one."

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    Geetu Mohandas’ 'Moothon' receives a warm reception at TIFF
    The Hindu Review

    Nivin Pauly ventures into uncharted zones in a quest to find oneself in the film
    On the face of it filmmaker-actor Geetu Mohandas’ sophomore film Moothon (The Elder One) is about the search for the lost elder brother that takes young Mulla all the way from the pristine, idyllic and tranquil home in the islands of Lakshadweep to the chaotic, violent, ruthless and ugly underbelly of Mumbai.

    It is also a metaphorical, inner quest to find oneself by facing up to life’s vagaries. As Ms. Mohandas herself put it, in a lively session with the audience at the Scotiabank theatre in downtown Toronto, it is about “the sense of identity and the crises within”.

    However, at the heart of Moothon lies an unforeseen, uncommon and extraordinarily tender love story that makes actor Nivin Pauly venture into hitherto uncharted zones. He is on top of things, be it expressing the ecstasy in finding an abundance of love amidst a shoal of fish or resorting to the religious/cultural practice of self flagellation to express the pain of surreptitious, forbidden passion. “I can’t get a hold of myself,” he says, as a visibly broken and tormented Akbar who has nowhere to hide in the islands. The only option is to run away, from home and also from himself.

    Ms. Mohandas jostles with interesting ideas — that of a rare fluidity when it comes to matters of both gender and sexuality. “The idea was not to see gender but love,” she said in the audience interaction. For her it wasn’t about titillating or being provocative but pushing the boundaries of cinema, both in terms of the content and aesthetics.

    The film marks a unique collaboration of talent from Kerala and Bollywood. It has been co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, Ajay G. Rai of Jar Pictures, Vinod Kumar and Alan McAlex. Besides Mr. Pauly, Dileesh Pothan and Sanjana Dipu, it also stars Sobhita Dhulipala and Shashank Arora. Moothon also speaks in two tongues — the local dialect of the islands and Hindi.

    The film left the audience wondering about the ambiguous end, with Ms. Mohandas adding to their curiosity by putting primacy on their own individual interpretation of it than imposing any given “reading”. Shot in Agatti and Bangaram islands it had the Torontonians inquisitive about Lakshadweep itself. Not just when it comes to the beautiful sun, sand and sea, but also the language and culture Ms. Mohandas brings alive.

    The film goes on from TIFF to open the Mumbai Film Festival and will be released commercially on November 8.

    (The writer is in Toronto at the invitation of TIFF)


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