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Review: Malayalam movie Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum is a winner all the way

Fahadh Faasil , Suraj Venjaramood and Nimisha Sajayan in a still from the movie Thondimuthalum Driksaakshiyum
Fahadh Faasil , Suraj Venjaramood and Nimisha Sajayan in a still from the movie Thondimuthalum Driksaakshiyum
Dileesh Pothan's Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (The Evidence and the Witness), starring Fahadh Faasil and Suraj Venjaramood, is one of the most watchable Malayalam movies of recent times,
 
The second directorial venture of Dileesh is amazingly realistic, on the one hand, and remains entertaining throughout, on the other.
 
It is the story of a theft, in which the paths of Prasad (Suraj), his wife Sreeja (a superb debut by Nimisha Sajayan), the thief (also Prasad, played by Fahadh) and the cops at a police station, including assistant sub-inspector Chandran (Alencier Ley Lopez) cross.
 
The story starts out in the backwaters of Alappuzha and then moves to a village in Kasargod, and soon develops into a gripping and realistic police drama.
 
There are no heroes and villains here, and by the end, the audience can empathise with almost each  one of the characters. A winner all the way, by any standards.
 
In the Delhi theatre where we saw the film, there were English sub-titles, and that should encourage non-Malayali moviegoers to watch it.
 
The movie marks the return of the Dileesh-Fahadh pair after the hugely successful Maheshinte Prathikara, and fully lives up to expectations. There are moments when the film seems to lag, but, on the whole, it retains audience interest all the way with several moments of situational comedy even while addressing larger issues.
 
The film's strong point is its casting, with a host of newcomers, led by Nimisha, who have come up with commendable and mature performances. Fahadh and National Award winner Suraj are, of course, brilliant but each one of the minor characters, including each of the policemen in the film, is convincing in his or her role, and that is what sets the movie apart. 
 
Rajeev Ravi's photography brownish frames, Bijibal Maniyil's music and, above all, Sajeev Pazhoor's screenplay have also played a major part in turning the movie into a veritable work of art. Clearly, this is one of the best films to come out in India in recent times.
 
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