Maheshinte Prathikaram (The Revenge of Mahesh)

It is not always easy to outshine as a screenwriter or director when you have a brilliant actor cast for the lead role. But, Dileesh Pothan (Director) and Syam Pushkaran (Writer) wins many brownie points over Fahadh Faasil.

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“Your revenge had outgrown your being and you are totally engulfed by it”

This is the moment of self-actualization that closes any movie with revenge as its central theme – from “The Revenant” to “Badlapur”. Maheshinte Prathikaram (The Revenge of Mahesh) takes a completely opposite route to it.

Yes, a mishap happens.

Yes, he vows revenge – this time to not wear slippers till he fulfills his revenge.

Yes, he chases him

But, this time, he does other things in parallel to preparing himself for the day he takes revenge – such as learn the meaning of true photography, fall in love (irony huh?)- and the day it comes for revenge, he doesn’t stay back and teach morals. He walks straight head on seeking revenge and wins it.

Maheshinte Prathikaram is poetic in multiple ways -but you need to sit through the initial vocal adjustment to engulf yourself in the essence of poetic rendition. There are three major instances in this movie that absolutely belong to the director and the screenwriter. As an actor or as an audience, all you could do is let your guard down and bow in respect.

The lead-up to the conflict that enrages Mahesh (probably reminds you of ‘butterfly effect’ or ‘chain reaction’), the father of his lady love discusses their wedding and the actualization of revenge are the perfect examples of what can be accomplished with brilliant writing.

This will be the fifth movie of Syam Pushkaran as the script writer that I watched -Salt N Pepper, 22 Female Kottayam, Iyobinte Pusthakam, Rani Padmini and now, Maheshinte Pusthakam. I am still waiting for the day to be disappointed by his writing. I hope the day would never come.

The brilliance of Dileesh Pothan is as much as what he conceived in the movie to as much that he had to let go. The movie traces the absolute path- no deviation- just follow the rail track. The moment you snapped, you are derailed – but Dileesh never left his driver’s seat.

Fahadh Faasil is a brilliant actor, no questions about it. This year, I also watched his movie “Monsoon Mangoes”, a disappointing experience, which demanded his brilliant acting skills to pull the movie through. But, in “Maheshinte Prathikaram”, it is being as subtle as he could and let Dileesh do the steering. Even though this movie doesn’t require him to go all-in as he did for “Iyobinte Pusthakam” or let only his face do the talking as he did for “Akam” – according to me, this stands in his top 5 best performances so far.

Bijibal is coming off from a tiring 2015 during which he worked for 15 films. But, this might be his easiest and quickest till date. Four songs – 10 minutes – all run in the background- stick to strengths (melody)- Done with.

Overall, ‘Maheshinte Prathikaram’ might not be a “Must-Watch” but you are going to miss something if you don’t watch it.

Language: Malayalam

Director: Dileesh Pothan

Run Time: 140 mins

Release Date: 05 Feb 2016

CBFC Rating: “U”

Writer: Syam Pushkaran

Cinematography: Shyju Khalid

Editor: Saiju Sreedharan

Music: Bijibal

Production: OPM (Aashiq Abu)

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