‘Varshangalkku Shesham’ review: Vineeth Sreenivasan builds balance between humour and satire

Vineeth Sreenivasan, who wears many hats in Mollywood, has come out with another interesting movie that blends humour and a good storyline in Varshangalkku Shesham

In his latest, Vineeth takes the viewers fifty years behind and then back to narrate the story of camaraderie between Venu (Dhyan Sreenivasan), Murali (Pranav Mohanlal). The two friends travel to erstwhile Madras in the hope of fulfilling their dream of becoming a scriptwriter and a composer respectively. In the hope of discovering talents and new people, they find a place to reside at ‘Swami Lodge’ before securing small gigs and gradually building connections. 

In time, with a little help from Murali, Venu gets a chance to exhibit his film which later garners attention, boosting his name as a filmmaker. A successful Venu gradually builds a fortress and slowly drifts away from Murali.

Misunderstanding creates a scintillating plot twist as the story grapples through twists and turns while maintaining the balance of momentous and humoral elements. The sheer grip of engagement is seen through the narrative when the story starts building with Venus’s expedition to find Murali. With a pinch of humour, the story takes on a serious note as the scene reaches its crescendo as Pranav’s Murali grabs the attention of spectators with his emotional engagement. 

What makes the film exceptional is the character association. The role of Murali draws parallelism to the gravitating bonds of friendship.

In the second half, the thread of the story slowly starts shifting to achieving goals despite a bracketed age group. Venu, after years of stardom as a director, took a long break from cinema. As he reaches old age, he slowly feels rustic as his carrier attains a full stop. In the hope of gaining momentum, Murali encourages him to take the project. With engaging drama between characters Pradeep enacted by Basil Joseph an assistant director and Nivin Pauly as Nithin Moly the narrative never falls out of humour. Falling through pivotal and disproportions in their friendship, Venu and Murali reconcile by making a box office hit with his friend Murali contributing as a composer. The film presumes as a movie within a movie as the shooting of the scene and the undying element of the theatrical setting are interwoven in the plot.

The performance of Nivin Pauly in this film can be described as a ‘comeback’ which alludes to remark on the physical backlash that he has faced after changing his physique over the past years. With his witty comeback, he never fails to set the bar high as a dynamic actor. He brings in an element of satire with his pun-intended name and his colourful garments that never fail to get noticed.

Movie: Varshangalkku Shesham 

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Cast: Pranav Mohanlal, Dhyan Sreenivasan, Basil Joseph, Aju Varghese, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Neeta Pillai, Neeraj Madhav, Arjun Lal

 

Director: Vineeth Sreenivasan.