Fahadh Faasil who has taken a short break from the movies for a while has returned to the silver screen with the movie Ayaal Njanalla. It marks the directorial debut of actor Vineeth Kumar and the story is written by Ranjith. With the basic plot having this believability issue, Ayaal Njanalla manages to be an engaging one time watch with the help of performances. Lets look at the ups and downs.
- Just like most of his movies, Fahadh Faasil and his performance is the best part of the movie. He is playing the role of a lower middle class guy who is forced to play a con man. The actor wonderfully adjusts his body language and dialect to match with the tone of Prakashan.
- The cinematography of Shamdat was also quite nice. The beauty of Kutch was gorgeously covered and the other visuals also had a quality feel to it.
- Vineeth Kumar marks a decent debut as director. He seems to be aware of the pulse of the audience when it comes to handling melodrama. The con man stuff could have been handled well with a better makeup and makeover for Prakashan.
- Santhosh Raman’s art direction also needs to be mentioned, especially for the Gujarat portions.
- Music from Manu Rameshan was catchy especially the song visualized in Kutch. There was uniqueness in tunes which made it peculiar.
- The heroines Mridula Murali and Divya were okay in portraying the roles offered to them. In the supporting cast S P Sreekumar and T G Ravi created an impression with their acting skills.
- The script has done some experiments that looked a bit too much. There is a limitation in doing the sort of common man stuff shown in the movie in this era of social media and the kind of pushing it was given lacked conviction. Even after being funny at many areas, the believability issue will always bother you.
- A part of the believability factor was also caused because of the makeup given to the lead actor. If Fahadh was presented in a much different avatar, the whole theme would have looked surprisingly convincing.
Ayaal Njanalla on the whole has fun but as the movie doesn’t have the agenda to be a spoof or to be sarcastic, the developments demands logic.