Film Review – Exquisite Even Without Big Stars
Verdict: A sweet and compelling tale of four brothers told beautifully.
Madhu C Narayanan’s first, Kumbalangi Nights is a family drama written by Syam Pushkaran and produced by Fahadh Faasil, Nazriya Nazim, Dileesh Pothen and Syam Pushkaran under the banners Fahadh Faasil and Friends and Working Class Hero. The film stars Soubin Shahir, Shane Nigam, Sreenath Bhasi, Matthew Thomas, Grace Antony, Anna Ben, and Fahadh Faasil along with many others. Shyju Khalid has handled the camera. Saiju Sreedharan had edited the film and Sushin Shyam has composed music.
What’s Kumbalangi Nights About:
As the name suggests, Kumbalangi Nights revolves around a four brothers Saji (Soubin Shahir), Bonny (Sreenath Bhasi), Bobby (Shane Nigam) and Franky (Matthew Thomas) residing in a garage-like house in the fishing hamlet of Kumbalangi. Saji and Bobby are jobless and are often spotted fighting with each other and share a love-hate relationship. Bonny works with a dancing company while Franky is a student. During one of their good moments, Bobby tells Saji, the eldest of all, about his desire to marry his girlfriend Baby. Babymol (Anna Ben) works in a resort as a tourist guide and also runs a homestay. She lives with her mother and sister Simi (Grace Antony) who recently got married to Shammi (Fahadh Faasil). When Saji and Bobby approach Shammi with the proposal, he rejects it stating their family status and Bobby’s joblessness. Some twist of events lead to all the brothers living together in peace, surrounded by women except Baby. There is something off about Shammi and he just does not agree for the wedding. Would the brothers end up living harmoniously? Do they manage to convince Shammi? The rest of the movie answers these beautifully.
Madhu C Narayanan’s direction does not look like a debutante’s because, the movie is well made. All the lead actors get equal screen time, and all four of them – Soubin, Shane, Bhasi and Matthew – are equally good. Fahadh Faasil is charming – no doubt about that. He has portrayed a character with negative shades Shammi excellently, and it won’t be a surprise if he bags awards for the same. Anna Ben gives a brilliant performance, as does Grace even though her character is not big. All the actors are absolutely realistic with the Cochin dialect, making the movie soulful. Syam Pushakaran, as always, has written a very sweet and simple story extremely well and that is visible throughout the movie. Sushin’s music is unconventional, soothing and beautiful, especially Cherathukal. He works around well with the background music as well. Shyju Khalid has carefully captured the beauty of Kumbalangi so well that you would want to visit the place even once. Altogether, the team has come up with a brilliant project that is going to stay with us for some time.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Honestly, there is absolutely nothing to criticize about the movie as it is aptly paced and well narrated.
Why You Should Watch:
Kumbalangi Nights is a well scripted, beautifully made movie. All the characters are a treat to watch. Especially, Fahadh Faasil’s act in the climax makes the movie a must watch.