Director Anuraj Manohar presented his debut independent film ‘Ishq’ with the tagline ‘not a love story' and has done total justice to it. ‘Ishq’ is presenting a socially relevant subject wrapped up in romance.
The movie unfolds the love story of Sachidanandan (Sachi), who works at Infopark and Vasudha, an MA student and the events that follow. However, the movie doesn’t have monotonous clichés. This makes the script and direction worthy of praises. ‘Ishq’ begins like any other love story and attains a serious nature at one point.
The film begins in the backdrop of a family, combining elements of fun and love. The hero Sachi (Shane Nigam) who always keeps looking at his phone, involving in silly fights with mom and sister gives a feel of the boy-next-door. The plot then progresses to Sachi’s romance and to a grave subject. The story told by ‘Ishq’ is relevant based on some of the events which made recent headlines.
All the characters who appear on screen were able to transfer their emotions to the audience. Their love, sorrow, stress or fear is rightly communicated to the viewers. The audience will also give a sigh of relief when the hero and heroine are relieved at a stage.
‘Ishq’ has again proved that Shane Nigam deserves the title of a promising young actor. The audience who have watched Bobby in ‘Kumbalangi Nights’ can see a totally different individual in Sachi. Vasudha is played by Ann Sheetal who is familiar through the movie ‘Ezra’. Her performance in the movie was equal to Shane's or sometimes above par. When Sachi would be the star while watching the movie, he would be replaced by Vasudha when the viewer leaves the theatre.
The antagonist played by Shine Tom Chacko is also worth a mention. Alvin is a crucial character in the film and in the career of Shine. After a certain stage, Shine and Shane are taking the movie ahead. The supporting characters Leona, Jaffer Idukki, Maala Parvathi and Swasika have also done justice to their characters. The songs including ‘Parayuvan Ithaadyamayi’ sung by Sid Sriram and directed by Jakes Bejoy are beautiful.