It is only when it's too late in life that people realize how gravely they have misspent their time on Earth; but for some fortunate souls, luck does arrive knocking at their doors, but cloaked as their worst nightmare.
Indrajith plays the petty thief who makes a livelihood by stealing. Nedumudi Venu plays the elderly man who visits the mainland once a month to trade the handicrafts he makes at home on an isolated island. His home is built in a very picturesque manner, complete with a wooden windmill.
Amala Paul is a deaf and dumb young girl who lives with the elderly man at his home on the island, along with a boy and a helper, played by Anoop Chandran. It is to this world that Indrajith gets imprisoned in, after a futile attempt to rob Nedumudi Venu in his boat, while he was preparing to leave for his island after having finished his days’ trade.
His days in the island eventually causes the transformation in Indrajith, making him want to give up his other existence to stay on with Nedumudi Venu in the island, to lead a life that lies closer to nature and is spent helping others.
The movie has a minimal number of dialogues and hence provides a refreshing viewing experience where the focus is more on the sound of the waves, the wind and the boat, rather than on the characters themselves.
Indrajith enacts his role well, of being an outsider who finds it suffocating at first, trapped inside this strange world of peace, silence and goodness. Amala Paul uses her innocent smile to perfection in the movie to portray the simple minded girl who is satisfied living within her small, unsophisticated world that's surrounded by water on all sides.
Dr.Biju has repeated the narrative style he had used in 'Veettilekkulla Vazhi', where it was the picturesque locales that grabbed more attention than the theme in the story line. The director’s eagerness at providing the perfect world portraying the utopian world of 'all goodness' has left the story and screenplay with loopholes that are too explicit and too numerous to be overlooked even by a casual viewer.
Award winning musician Issac Thomas Kottukappally has little to do as the music director of 'Aakashathinte Niram', since the film relies more on silence than on sound to convey the essence in the story. Full marks, however, to M J Radhakrishnan who has captured the shots in a manner that's aptly suited to the kind of world that Dr.Biju has attempted to showcase, and do justice to the unique theme of the movie.
Prithviraj walks in for a cameo appearance as the doctor and although short, it is the doctor in Prithviraj that forms the biggest influence on the changing heart of Indrajith while on his days in the island.
But the biggest highlight in the film is Nedumudi Venu who has come back with a strong performance after quite some time. The quiet, calm and reassuring self of the elderly man that he so naturally enacted, presents the movie with a charm that's the most significant factor that makes 'Aakashathinte Niram' stand apart from the rest.
The movie is by no means an entertainer and yet by no means boring either; with a minimum of dialogues and depending much on a visual treat of nature, 'Aakashathinte Niram' narrates its theme in an easy pace that, however, fails to make any lasting impact on the viewer.
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