Stylish Varathan | Movie Rating: 3.5/5

T Nirmal Kumar

Visuals, style, action sequences and background music rules the film overriding the cast, making it a typical Amal Neerad narrative. But at the end of the day, its the director who keeps the crown

A seat grabbing yet almost half-an-hour long climax would be the most exclusive element in the Amal Neerad’s latest movie Fahad Faasil starrer ‘Varathan’. It cannot be shelfed in a particular genre, rather it accelerates at each step changing gears and is a whole-time entertainer.

Though there is not much substance, the style stays atop. Style being a trademark in most Amal Neerad films, Varathan is no different. It can rather be tagged as a stylish thriller than a survival thriller.

Starting from Big B until CIA, Amal Neerad has build a huge fan cluster of his own. The zeal and zest that his films created with their style and casting has always been the matter of celebration for his fans. The Fahadh Faasil starrer Varathan would never dishearten them.

Varathan deals with a very simple plot but keeps the audience engaged all along. It is a get together film for Fahadh Faasil and Amal Neerad after the team’s 2014 film ‘Iyobinte Pusthakam’. Amal Neerad has co-produced the film alongside Nazriya Nazim.

The story of the film is set in the high range. The Duo Aby (Fahadh) and Priya (Aishwarya Lekshmi) return to their hometown after losing job in Dubai. They start living in a farmhouse in the high range. The plot revolves around their life, problems they confront and how they tackle it. Straightly speaking, the film doesn’t have anything more.

The film opens to the cliché fillers like intolerance by the residents towards expats who return to their hometown making them feel like outsiders, moral policing acts and bullying, groups on the roadside tea shops and goondaism by young men.

Though the story appears flat, Amal Neerad has well-crafted the film making the spectator watch with wonder and thrill at the same time. The narration and the script follows ‘no nonsense’ tone. The script has been penned by debutants Suhas and Sharfu.

Visuals, style, action sequences and background music rules the film overriding the cast, making it a typical Amal Neerad narrative. But at the end of the day, its the director who keeps the crown. Still, he has tried his best to perfectly picture both Aby and Priya all along the film. Aby is an IT professional who is calm and bluntly handles situations while the character of Priya conflicts against her husband’s cold nature. Amal Neerad has used these characters at perfect spaces in the film. Though such premises have been filmed earlier too, the freshness in its treatment save Varathan from being kept aside.

The film transforms to a perfect action film towards the end though it shows no sign of being one at the beginning. Amal Neerad’s signature shots and amazing music composition by Sushin Shyam is sure to give the viewer an enthralling experience.

Littil Swayamp Paul have worked wonder with his camera. He has excelled in bringing a horror effect in the beginning part of the film, though it creates little confusion.

Fahadh is picturised as a typical city-bred professional all along except towards the end when the character undergoes transformation to an action hero. As far as an actor like Fahadh is concerned, the character of Aby was never challenging and was safe in his arms. But entering only her third film, Aishwarya Lekshmi stunned with her acting skills.

The villain character of Sharaf U Dheen also deserves appreciation along with Dileesh Pothan. Other elements to look for in Varathan would be Sushin Shyam’s music and Tapas Nayak’s sound design. Varathan would be the one film in which Amal Neerad has used less number of slo-mo’s which is unusual to his style. But the film won't bring regret to a film enthusiast, for sure.

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