Movie Review - Ain: Malayalam: Kudos Sidhartha Siva; Job Well Done!
The director is careful not to come up with any fanciful solutions to the issues that we face but forces the viewer to ponder on what he has presented on screen says Anoop S
On Sep 28, 2015


Writer-director Sidhartha Siva has woven a range of elements into a poignant story but the tardy execution at the outset dents “Ain” from being the wholesome experience his debut movie “101 Chodyangal” was. Yet, the different thoughts that are planted in the viewer’s mind make “Ain” a movie that lingers in your mind long after leaving the cinema and is a recommended watch.

Maanu (Musthafa) is a naïve, lazy and aimless youngster who doesn’t have a steady job with a steady income. Although time has come for him to shoulder the responsibility of providing for his family, he runs away from it and is least concerned about what life means to him. Maanu flees his native place to Mangalore in fear of his life, after witnessing the gruesome murder of a local political functionary. The interaction he has with Saira (Rachana Narayanankutty) following a chance meeting with her has a bearing on him and influences him to change his outlook towards life.

“Ain” does take its time to get going. The initial sequences which are meant to establish the lack of vision that Maanu has towards life tends to get boring. But once the story falls into track, the movie is transformed completely. Even though the director goes for a simple narrative style, he brings to focus a large number of issues – political killings, media sensationalism of the unimportant, denial of justice and the inherent ability of humans to contribute to the world around them. It is this amalgamation of such varied issues into a single piece that makes “Ain” a standout movie. The director is careful not to come up with any fanciful solutions to the issues at hand but strikes the target by forcing us to ponder on what he has presented on screen.



Made on a shoestring budget, the technical aspects are just about par. But, the one area that I felt that the makers could have improved on was the editing. The movie loses continuity at times and could have been stitched together better.

On the acting front, there are very few artists involved. The protagonist played by Mustafa is a fresh face and is every bit the gullible, vulnerable, naïve guy that his character is supposed to be. Rachana Narayanankutty gives him stiff competition on the acting front and continually reiterates through her commendable acting that she is an actress whose talent needs to be made use of more often. The rest of the cast comprising not-so-known faces play their respective parts well.

“Ain” is a simple, yet thought provoking movie that has already been recognized at the awards circuit. It is indeed a pity that such a movie has been able to find just three screens and a total of four shows a day in the state. Produced by the director himself, he deserves to be saluted for the risk he has taken without being mindful of the fate of the movie at the box office. I believe that it is his sense of purpose and his conviction that movies are a powerful medium to stir thought that drives him. Kudos Sidhartha Siva; job well done!

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