IFFK’13: The Review – “Kaliyachan”

kali1An young film enthusiast from Thiruvananthapuram, Shah Alam (Munna Bhai), reviews the Malayalam film “Kaliyachan” which featured in the 18th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2013) at Thiruvananthapuram. Shri.Shah Alam has done his Diploma in Visual Effects (Film Making) from Zee Institute of Creative Art (ZICA) and is a delegate in 18th IFFK.

The film potraits the life of a GURU and SHISHYA. The character Kunji meets the Kaliyachan , who is the head of Kaliyarangu (group for Kathakali play). The perfomance by Manoj K Jayan , that unravels the underlying conflicts within the mind of a Kathakali artist. The film is based on a poem by Shri. P Kunjiraman, the famous poet. The script as well as the direction did 100% justice to the poem without losing its effect.

Kaliyachan is based on the mind set of Kathakali artist who lives with a chaotic mind. Kunjiraman is an artist who struggles in his life and profession; he feels even the characters for which he done on the plays turning against him. Kalamandalam Sivan Namboodiri kept the role of GURU safer from his side. The love towards Nila, mother and Devu (a girl who is a keep/ sammantham for Kunjiraman) was portaited well perfect. Character of Devu was done by Thirtha Mudbeker , who kept safe the Character.

The screenplay was the backbone for the film, and the script had a blend with the direction. Farook Abdul did his best on his role as a director. The sound mixing and editing was another wonderful experience. The film had a set of “KATHAKALI PADAMS” which are so soothing. On the whole Kaliyachan is a wonderful set of lives which lived on screen. (4.5/5.0)

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