‘My story’: Parvathy works her magic again | Movie Rating 3/5
Another female director with firm footsteps enters the Malayalam film industry, Roshni Dinaker. ‘My Story’ is a movie which demonstrates the craft which is not of a debutant. It is a love story portrayed on a colourful and unique canvas. But, the engaging first half storytelling is followed by a cliché flashback which made it an ordinary story. However, the performance of Parvathy in double roles and wonderful sceneries of Europe make the movie interesting.
The screen presence of Prithviraj-Parvathy combination after ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’ has helped to make the chemistry work. Film is the background of ‘My Story. Prithviraj becomes the superstar Jay in a movie within the movie. The middle-aged man is reminiscing about his love during the beginning of his career. Parvathy becomes Thara in that flashback. Most parts of the movie are shot in Lisbon, the capital of European country Portugal.
The movie progresses through blending the two stages of Jay as an actor who reached Lisbon for the shooting of his first movie and a lover who searches for his partner Thara after 20 years. What makes the story interesting despite the familiar theme and predictable climax is the style of storytelling which combines two different stages in life. The script of Shankar Mahadevan reminds of Bollywood films. At times, we may even think that if it is ‘Titanic’ with a movie background. Though the dialogues are over poetic, they are beautifully written and apt for the situations. Otherwise, the plot is just like a blown balloon. The factors which have saved it are the novel visuals and the performance of Prithvi-Parvathy combo.
Even when the film travels through the memories of Jay, the life of Thara and her daughter Hima, who was brought up in Portugal also becomes an integral part of it. Parvathy has shown excellent performance as the ‘cliché’ girlfriend who ran away from a rich boyfriend and as a non-so-familar European hippie girl. It was yet another performance from Parvathy which shows how she excels her forerunners and contemporaries. Her lively performance has saved the dull second half and has also helped the movie to overcome the melodramatics. Though the moment Thara discloses her love to Jay on the stage is overdramatic, her presence has made it different.
Prithviraj has exhibited decent performance as the middle-aged super star and debut hero. Tamil actor Gnaesh Venkatraman is doing the role of rich hero who arrives as the actress’ fiancé. Maniyanpilla Raju, Manoj K Jayan and Nandu are the other actors. As the movie revolves around Jay, Thara and Hima, there is minor importance for other actors. Dudley Vinod Perumal who has done the cinematography of ‘Chennai Express’ has captured the visuals of the movie.