Haram(Malayalam); Love Gets Lost In Ideologies: Film Review
On Feb 20, 2015
apart from one instance, is a very realistic movie. Vinod Sukumaran,
who is the writer, director and editor, in his debut has taken up a
complex theme to tackle. He has certainly managed to make it real and
‘Haram’ mainly deals with love, personal ideologies and depth of relationships. Vinod Sukumaran has some pretty good ideas about life and society to discuss, and he has somehow managed to string these together in ‘Haram’. But the problem with a story which deals with different facets of life is that it can get a little confusing.
The story is of a period of time in the life of Balu (Fahadh Faasil) who is going through a tough stage in which his brief marriage with Isha (Radhika Apte) is converging to a divorce. It goes back and forth in time to reveal the romance, the incidents which created the rift between them and their life after they had decided to get separated.
The story of Balu and Isha is a perfect depiction on the relationship instabilities that faces the life of youngsters employed in a busy, fast moving society. Vinod has successfully portrayed love and varying depth of relationships. Two other relationships are also depicted. One of them is that of an elderly couple where the wife is taking care of her ailing husband with patience and love. The other one is that of a young couple, from lower strata of society, who indulges in regular quarrels but are madly in love with each other. ‘Haram’ tries to depict the contrast between these relationships.
This is a great theme, but unfortunately Vinod tries to push in too many ideas at a time. In between, he takes up the role of women in society and how they are being sold in the name of entertainment and news. The communist ideologies of Balu, which clashes with that of Isha’s, are also discussed. The extreme happiness and sorrow that love causes and the patience which is required to make it last, the basic theme of ‘Haram’, gets lost in all the fuss created by Vinod Sukumaran’s depiction of other ideas. You'll only be reminded about the theme in the end when Balu puts it in words.
The story is told in flashbacks. The pace of narration rises and falls just like a relationship. Some times it’s fast and at other times it’s slow. A large part of it moves at a languid pace. If you are not patient enough, it might get a little dull.
Technically, ‘Haram’ is really good. Cinematography by Sathish Kurup is in tune with the narration and mood of the tale. The movie marks the debut of popular band Thaikkudam Bridge. The two songs are good and suits the demeanor of the tale pretty well. Govind Menon’s background score is top notch.
‘Haram’ is a sophisticated tale and demands a lot from the lead cast. Fahadh Faasil as the highly idealistic, loving youngster has once again put in a great performance. He is reinforcing the fact that he is one of the best in the business. Radhika Apte’s Malayalam debut has given her a challenging role and has managed to put in a good show, even though she looks a little uneasy during emotional outbursts. Sreekumar, whose villainous turn in ‘Memories’ was brilliant, is again a show stealer. His gift in acting is evident in ‘Haram’ too.
Vinod Sukumaran deserves a considerable amount of appreciation for taking up such a heavy theme for his debut. ‘Haram’ is certainly an interesting watch but might not be an entertaining one. It all depends on your patience.
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