Out of the two releases this weekend, this one was keeping a low profile with limited publicity. Being an underdog when compared to the other one, Dileesh Pothen’s Maheshinte Prathikaaram gets a very silent release without any fanfare.
About this film produced by Aashiq Abu, it has a very simple storyline and is presented in a very simple way. The situations without any melodramas and noisy moments makes one satisfied after watching. Yes for me it was a satisfying experience providing good humour and no dramas. There is no tension while watching and at the same time no pressure as well. You can sit through in a relaxed fashion and see the protagonist taking revenge as said in the title but not in the usual way we have seen when it comes to taking revenge on a person.
Location is our beautiful Idukki where our protagonist Mahesh is a photographer running a studio. He is in love with his childhood sweetheart Sowmya. At some point, the film has s turning point from where the story is taken further.
Dialogues are not complex and characters are that we see in villages. There is utmost sincerity in each and every character that we see in a typical village life something that is eluding us since the change in lifestyle is taking away all such things.
The backdrop through which the story is presented is all too familiar to us. There is light humour,there are some emotional moments and there is romance too. So its a good package bottled well for a decent watch with family.
One would find that the pace is on the slower side and the film gets an abrupt ending. But according to me, that unexpected ending is a different one. No one would expect that the film is getting a full stop there but had they taken the film further, it would be an exaggerated one and in the process it could have lost its natural flavour.
Director Dileesh Pothen who is making his debut can definitely keep his head high. He has done a neat job with the script he had on offer and executed it very sincerely. Nice visualisation of a simple and lighthearted theme.
Fahadh Fazil who is going through a lean patch at the box office, has chosen a good screenplay in Maheshintay Prathikaaram. As the protagonist, he was able to emote really well in conveying the innocence of the character. Anusree played her part as Sowmya, Mahesh’s love interest. Shoubin Shahir in his trademark style came and conquered our hearts as Crispy.
Alencier Ley impressed among the supporting actors. Lot of newcomers are introduced by Dileesh. Among them Aparna Balamurali as Jincy was natural in her acting. The guy who did the role of Jinson was also a good choice and didn’t look as if he was facing the camera.
Shyju Khalid was impressive with his camera work and his visuals of the beautiful Idukki was an added bonus for Maheshinte Prathikaaram. Same goes for Bijipal’s music. Idukki song is remarkably written, tuned and visualised on screen. Sound mixing and design stood out. Edits were also okay.
On the whole, this is an honest approach from Dileesh and his team. Anyone from a family can sit through and relax watching this light hearted film. Humour, songs, romance, emotions are all there put together quite well. I am very much satisfied and going with Four out of five for Maheshinte Prathikaaram and a thumbs up to its director.
Rating : 4 / 5