This was a random impulse. No new Hindi film was playing this week, I was planning to see the NTR film but then a big snowstorm came up so I wanted to get home earlier and this film was playing at 5:15. Anyway, so glad I saw it!
In this case, his female co-actor is Urvashi, who I am sure I have seen in things before this but I can’t remember them. She was an award winning actress as a young woman, went on to be a writer, director, and lead even as a middle-aged woman, the age when most actresses are put out to pasture. But in the past few years, I am seeing smaller and smaller parts on her filmography, a character’s mother with no name of her own, in one case just “beautician”. I am so glad she gets to be a real lead in this movie!
Urvashi and Tovino easily dominate the film, but it’s a movie with a solid supporting cast as well. Mamukkoya as the fatherly friend, Hareesh Kanaran as the best friend, Shanthi Krishna shining in a small role. The rest of the film beyond the acting is excellent as well, lovely setting, pleasant songs (especially the opening song, just beautiful), it all comes together to make a smooth and well-constructed film experience.
The only flaw is the plot. There are some gaps that feel like they should be filled in, and some dangling threads that don’t make sense, and even a few straight up problems and conflicts in the plot that just don’t work. The overall sweep of the story works and makes sense, but the little details just aren’t cutting it.
But then, I don’t watch films for plot first and foremost. I watch them for the emotions, and this film perfectly captures the emotions of the characters and the growth of their relationship. Tovino’s sweetly childish version of manhood, and Urvashi’s brusk and confident version of womanhood are a perfect complement.
And did I mention that Tovino looks really good? He hasn’t lost the muscles from Godha, I can tell you that much. He is a sweet manly hunk of muscles and cute smiles and shy hand flutters. If you are a Tovino fan (you know who you are), this movie is like a lovely little gift, just for you.