‘Vellam’ movie review: Jayasurya mesmerizes audience with another brilliant performance
‘Vellam’, marks Jayasurya’s transmigration from his character of footballer VP Sathyan to drunkard Murali. Jayasurya teamed up with director Prajesh Sen for ‘Vellam’ with the confidence of winning the state award for best actor with the super hit movie ‘Captain’. Like ‘Captain’, ‘Vellam’ is also based on a true story.
But compared to the debut movie ‘Captain’, Prajesh addresses the audience from an entirely different life background in ‘Vellam’. The director portrayed the protagonist starting from the title of the movie.
'Vellam' is a common term which is commonly used in North Kerala to refer to drunkards. So, the title itself described Jayasurya’s character Murali Nambiar from the beginning of the movie.
The story evolves around Murali, a typical drunkard found in most of the rural areas in Kerala. He is an ordinary man who shows various mannerisms after getting intoxicated. Interestingly, Jayasurya is playing the role of a drunkard for the first time in his career.
As there are many Malayalam movies which portrayed drunkards, Jayasurya’s Murali Nambiar will be a different experience for the audience. Once again, he has proven his brilliance as an actor. The actor has showcased the loneliness and challenges of the drunkard’s life with his impressive skills.
When the director approached Jayasurya with the offer, he was ready to embrace all the mannerisms of a typical drunkard in a village. He just outshone all others in most of the scenes with his stunning performance.
In the second half, we see Jayasurya’s Murali Nambiar licking spirit on the floor. No other actor would be ready to act in this scene. But Jayasurya was ready to cross all limits for his performance.
As a matured actor, Jayasurya was conscious to play the role without letting the audience to relate his character with any other movies. So, he researched thoroughly to make it different.
‘Theevandi’ fame Samyuktha Menon played Sunitha, wife of Jayasurya’s character, in the movie. She also surprised the audience with her stunning performance. Siddique, Babu Annoor, Sreelakshmi, Sneha Paliyeri, Baiju Santhosh, Nirmal Palazhi Indrans and Unniraj are also seen in pivotal roles.
Director Prajesh Sen successfully portrayed the movie as a complete family entertainer. When ‘Vellam’ marks his second directorial venture, Prajesh has upgraded himself as a trustworthy brand in Mollywood.
Cinematographer Roby Varghese captured the beautiful visuals of Kerala. Josekutty Madathil, Yadu Krishna and Ranjith Manambrakkat produced the movie under the banner of Friendly Productions. ‘Vellam’ is the first Malayalam movie which released in theatres after 318 days.