9: A terrific visual experience
A strong script, powerful visual presentation and flawless casting are some of the factors which made ‘9’ directed by Jenuse Mohamed a memorable experience. As the first production venture of Prithviraj and Sony Pictures in a regional language, the movie goes beyond expectations.
Prithiviraj plays as the astrophysicist Dr Albert Lewis who does research on stars and space phenomenon. With the demise of his wife Annie (Mamtha Mohandas) after delivery, his son Adam (Master Alok) is his only close relative. The father-son relationship is sometimes disturbed due to the death of his wife and hectic professional life. Meanwhile, Lewis’ mentor Dr. Innayat Khan approaches him to research on a phenomenon which would affect the whole world. Strange experiences were waiting for Lewis Albert who reaches Himachal for research. Things get more complex with the arrival of a guest named Eva (Wamiqa Gabbi).
The ups and downs in the life of Albert Louis were safe with Prithviraj. Master Alok has equally performed well as Albert’s son. Alok has given life to the complex character which is sometimes above the limits of his age. ‘Godha’ fame Wamiqa Gabbi has played well as Eva. Though the role of Dr Innayat Khan doesn’t pose challenges to Prakash Raj, the crew deserves applause for the selection.
The script writer-cum-director has succeeded in presenting the story which involves science, fiction and psychological issues without any confusion. When the recent movies set on big canvas have failed, Jenuse Mohamed developed the canvas according to the demands of the story. He could present a not-so-familiar story well to the Keralites.
The storytelling method has used technical elements to the fullest. The excellence of technicality can be seen from the use of Red Gemini camera which gives great visuals in dim light and visual effects. Cinematography by Abinandhan Ramanujam is another highlight of the movie. Abinandhan’s signature is seen in the ordinary visuals inside offices and supermarkets in the beginning and later the beauty and wildness of the Himalayas in the later half.
The background score of Sekhar Menon was excellent. Shaan Rahmaan’s music was good. Production designer Gokul Das and costume designer Sameera Saneesh also deserve acclaim.