Parava Review: a feel good movie with a candid story
The promos had pigeon racing as its main agenda. But in reality pigeons are just an outlook of this movie that deals mainly with human emotions at its core. Soubin Shahir’s visual sense of narration is the main attraction of this feel good cinema as it uses frames to narrate this story heartily.
Irshad and Haseeb are two teenage boys who are close friends and have aspirations to win the pigeon racing that happens in their place. There is a gray tone to every senior person in that Mattancherry colony as they all have an emotional baggage of something that happened in their lives in the past. The movie Parava basically shows us how those hurdles are passed by the group of people when these kids accidentally opens the door to that dark past.
The humanizing factor is the main positive of the script. Even though the script is packaged in the attire of a kid’s film, what happens at the core is a serious emotional conflict of adults. Soubin and writer Muneer Ali has successfully mixed the kids’ aspirations and the inner tussle of other characters in to the same thread. Subtly mentioned elements push the film very much even after the script has a disjoint feel. The numerous subplots in the film are helping the movie to establish its premise along with talking its politics.
Amal Shah as Ichappi aka Irshad and Govind as Haseeb deserve a pat on the back for their earnest and honest performance. The kids add genuinity to the characters and that makes them likeable. The other interesting thing about the casting is the minimal effective nature of the actors. From Dulquer to any other supporting actor, this film gives space to the characters in its entirety that you sort of feel they were there in the entire movie. Dulquer Salmaan’s 30 minutes cameo was pretty effective. Arjun Ashokan and Zinil Zainudheen have got good roles in the film. Shane Nigam was really good as Shane in the film. We get to see faces like Harishree Ashokan and Indrans in minimal roles and the elaborate cast has Jacob Gregory, Shine Tom Chacko, Srinda, Jaffer Idukki, Aashiq Abu and many others in shades that they have not portrayed yet. And as always Siddique shines as that important character that has minimal space in terms of runtime.
Like I already said, Parava is more focused about the people in its world rather than trying to be a fun template film about Pigeon racing. Soubin has conceived the emotional drama in the most realistic way showing us the nuances of Mattancherry and teenage life. The blended humor and real dilemmas makes the backdrop even more real. The only demerit here is the elaborate story telling. Every subplot here has a purpose for sure. But the numerousness causes a little bit of an issue. Littil Swayamp captures the visuals in a really appealing and real way. Rex Vijayan’s scores are in sync with the film and so were the cuts. The climax fight was executed skillfully and we could really feel the effect of quality sound design in those areas.
Parava may have two kids as its leading protagonists. But it isn’t necessarily that preachy children’s movie. Using pigeons as a linking factor Parava is exploring the emotions of lots of conflicted people in a very real way.
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