Basheerinte Premalekhanam Review
Set in the 80’s the new Aneesh Anwar film Basheerinte Premalekhanam had the scope to be similar to some of the finest movies that got released back in those days. But due to heavy drama in narration and the lack of interest of the movie to focus on any particular catchy point of the screenplay makes this movie an unappealing one which won’t distract you much.
It is set in those times where even having a radio was considered a big thing. Our protagonist Basheer is an expert in operating machines and when the village gets its first TV, Basheer gets the chance to make it work for the first time. Through that incident, a love story between Basheer and the daughter of the owner of the TV, the Panchayath President begins. How this love story moves ahead and how the obsession for TV plays an important part in it is what Basheerinte Premalekhanam all about.
Ponmuttayidunna Tharavau was one such classic which had interesting characters with different ideologies. That movie even had a great satirical angle to its credit. Somewhere down the line, Basheerinte Premalekhanam is a wannabe Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu. The output unfortunately is nowhere near the original. The main reason for that is because the lack of importance and depth given to characters. Sometimes the movie even forgets its central conflict of Basheer and Suhara’s love story. This lack of focus and the out of control sub plots cause lots of issues.
In Njan Steve Lopez, Farhan Faasil was a good choice as that character demanded a particular kind of innocence. But Basheerinte Premalekhanam has an eccentric caricature one in characterization and Farhan has failed completely in reaching that level. The beautiful looking Sana Althaf struggles with dialogue delivery. The old school overacting style of Sheela is a burden for the film. Joy Mathew and Hareesh are saved by their Kozhikode slang as it suited their characters. Manikandan Achari, Madhu, Indrans, Sivaji Guruvayoor and many others are there in the big star cast.
Aneesh Anwar’s previous films were driven by melodrama. But here he reduced that due to the humorous nature of the plot. But still a particular quotient of drama is still there and in his hurried attempt to traverse through all characters, the screenplay misses depth. The focus of the story randomly shifts from one point to another. The love story doesn’t look rooted and the satirical aspect looks peripheral. There is a back-story in the movie which was extremely shoddy. Dialogues were cheesy. Cinematography and cuts were average and the music is becoming repetitive from Vishnu Mohansithara.
Basheerinte Premalekhanam is only around two hours long in terms of runtime. And just because of that it won’t annoy you. But with only discrete jokes working in favour of the film, the overall output is disappointing.
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