Lilli Review: this one deserves appreciation for sure
It may have flaws that are evident. But there is no denying in the fact that debutant Prasobh Vijayan’s Lilli is a movie that grabs your attention easily by its gripping narrative. Walking away from the typical nature of movies, this movie is an experiment that can impress its audience beyond the flaws of the beginners. The violence has definitely justified why the movie was certified A and the movie is definitely not for those who can’t stand bloodshed.
Lilli is a pregnant woman who lives with her husband. Her husband works in a factory. One day she gets a call saying her husband was met with an accident. On her way to find out what actually happened to him, she gets kidnapped by 3 men. What those men wanted from her and how Lilli manages to escape from there is what the movie Lilli showing us.
Lilli is a movie that has more significance to the treatment rather than the story. Yes, there is a story that drives the plot. But as a one-liner, it is way too thin and what Prasobh and his crew have managed to do is to capture the intensity of the situation without making us dive into the logical aspects of it. The brutal visuals are used to depict the torturous situation through which Lilli is going through and the physical burden only enhances the riveting feel of the climax. The content demanded a meticulous making and the debutant have somewhat managed to get that output.
Samyuktha Menon is terrific in capturing the body language and emotions of the character. The young actress deserves a loud round of applauds for choosing such a material driven story and performing it with conviction. But her dialogue delivery is an area that should be rectified. There is a hefty theatricality to her dialogue rendering and when she shares screen space with actors who don’t have that, it becomes easily noticeable. Aaryan Krishna Menon is convincing even though he also faces the dialogue delivery issue. Dhanesh Anand, the newcomer antagonist seems to have a great future if he can offer versatility. Kannan Nair manages to keep it simple and subtle and I hope he will get more exposure in the second part.
Prasobh Vijayan has clarity on what should be shown and how much should get elaborated. I liked how he is interested in keeping things to the minimal best. Where he has to work is in the writing, especially the dialogues. It almost feels like he isn’t letting the actors improvise the dialogues. The strictness to follow the script makes the conversations feel tight. Sreeraj Raveendran uses darkness and shadows very effectively. Appu Bhattathiri’s precise cuts also enhance the thrilling feel of Lilli along with Sushin Shyam’s music. The exquisite sound design of the film also deserves appreciation.
The attempt called Lilli is an extremely positive one for the industry even beyond the script and story. For a runtime of roughly 90 minutes, these newcomers have managed to show what one can achieve within a limited budget movie.
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