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Nov 1, 2017

Viswasapoorvam Mansoor

A disjointed film that tries to take on many issues, falls short of most and remains unconvincing from beginning to the end.

Roshan Matthew, a new comer introduced in the movie Aanandam, embarks on his first solo venture as Mansoor the title character of this film. Although Roshan seems to have tried his best, the character of Mansoor is half-baked, leaving the audience wavering in placing their bets on him.

Some of the issues that film tried to address like inter-religious marriages, conservatism in liberal circles and branding the followers of certain religion as bona-fide terrorists are left hanging without any closure. Inter-religion marriage has relapsed further in the film when the real world has actually moved forward on this subject.

The love that blooms between Mansoor and Mumtaz (Prayaga Martin) seems more like case of infatuation and lust. Mansoor's former girl-friend (Leona Lishoy) and her place in the narrative reflects the befuddlement of the director, P.T.Kunju Mohammad. The director does not seem to be sure about which among the myriad causes the film vacillates between, is worth pursuing.

The accents of the actors is another jarring aspect of the film for me. The film takes place in Thalassery - none of the actors have succeeded in capturing the right accent for the region. Then there is the life-time Mumbaikar Mumtaz who speaks Hindi with a thick Malayali accent. Whoever dubbed for Zarina Wahab(as Mumtaz's mother Zaira Banu) has a better grip on Hindi than Prayaga Martin.

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