Aadhi movie review: Pranav Mohanlal shines in this thriller


She plays a constantly nagging woman, a stereotype role for female actors in the majority of the film. What makes this film works is Jeethu’s equal distribution of responsibilities to each character to take the story forward. Pranav’s performance in action sequences is one of the mainstays in the film. Unlike Mohan, Rosy is optimistic and the first fan of her son. Sharafudheen has given a lively performance and contributes to the progression of the story. She is impressed by Aadhi’s talents, which irks her date. Especially, Anusree’s Jaya is entertaining and Jeethu has done a good job in milking this crowd-pleasing character to bring in the humour when the story gets too serious. Shot in real locations including in the crowded KR Market in Bengaluru, Pranav draws applause for his skills in free running or popularly known as Parkour. It stems from her defence mechanism to fight off the unwanted attention from men. She is a sole bread-winner of the family which has a dead father, paralysed mother and a pickpocket brother, Sharath (Sharafudheen). Jaya’s habitual nagging is not annoying at all. And Jeethu leaves us with the frozen image of Pranav jumping off the building. Aadhithya Mohan aka Aadhi (Pranav) is a compassionate and gentle youngster. She is so supportive and bold that she even drags her son to Superstar Mohanlal, who is at the restaurant with his friends, to seek a chance for her son in films. Her characterisation is not unique. Even as Aadhi is a hero-centric film, Jeethu has treated Pranav’s role as just the first among the equals. Aadhi is on a clock. Yes, Jeethu does it again. He bumps into his childhood friend Anjana (Aditi Ravi) at the club. She even musters up a supportive tone, when Aadhi says he would prefer marrying a Muslim girl over a Christian one, to bring communal harmony into the family. Only in the final action sequence, Pranav gets to say his very first punch line in the film. Aadhi movie cast: Pranav Mohanlal, Siddique, Lena, Anusree
Aadhi movie director: Jeethu Joseph
Aadhi movie cast: 3 stars
Director Jeethu Joseph’s protagonist Aadhi is a tailor-made character for debutant Pranav Mohanlal. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd She is one of those liberal mothers, who pressures her son into finding a girlfriend for himself. The story revolves around Pranav’s character, but the film entirely does not belong to him. He turns a what seemed like a feel-good movie into a crime thriller with an unexpected death. Jeethu’s Aadhi represents the liberal society of Kerala, which is unaffected by growing culture of moral policing, communal and political violence. If he doesn’t make it, he has to take up a corporate job suggested by his concerned father. When Mohan goes overboard with his fatherly concerns, Rosy keeps him in check. His mother Rosy (Lena) is a progressive woman, who eloped with Aadhi’s father Mohan Varma (Siddique), a Hindu when she was just 18-years-old. And we exit the cinema halls knowing that Pranav has required abilities to make a soft-landing in the world of cinema. And soon things turn a turn for the worse as someone pushes someone off the building in presence of Aadhi. Aadhi rolls off to Bengaluru on a high-end Rolls Royce car as he gets an opportunity to perform at a club, which is a popular hangout place for filmmakers and music directors. I was surprised at the interval sequence, which ends without the hero being in the frame. His father has set a time frame of two years to realise his dream of becoming a film music director. While in Drishyam, Mohanlal’s Georgekutty grapples with the law to cover up the crime he is complicit in, Pranav’s Aadhi hops from one building to another stay escape from goons to prove his innocence. I was also expecting a mention of Kerala’s favourite diet, ‘parotta and beef curry’, a sort of political stand that was taken by several Malayalam filmmakers of late ever since ‘beef politics’ intensified its position in the national discourse. Can’t say I was surprised to see the guest appearance of Mohanlal in his son’s debut film. While the pace of the movie gets underwhelming in parts, the performance of the actor helps us to stay hooked to the narration. 2018-01-27T10:17:01+00:00″>
Updated: January 27, 2018 10:17 am

Aadhi movie review: We exit the cinema halls knowing that Pranav has required abilities to make a soft-landing in the world of cinema.