Managing to hide particulars, revealing it shade by shade on the proper time, is a fantastic artwork, which Geetu Mohandas achieves commendably in Moothon. Extra so, as a result of a few of this concealment occurs in plain sight, virtually as a trick on the viewers.
Identical to in her debut movie Liar’s Cube, Geethu weaves her story across the seek for a member of the family, though issues are extra advanced and layered right here. 10-year previous Mulla (Sanjana Dipu) units out alone in a ship from Lakshadweep, seeking his lengthy misplaced ‘moothon’ (elder brother), who’s believed to be in Mumbai.
‘Moothon’, the particular person, in these preliminary components is a fantasy, for Mulla, in addition to the viewers. The explanations for his brother leaving the island is understood to him solely by rumours, as to one thing to do with a damaged coronary heart. He has virtually forgotten the elder one’s face. Even the images he have of him are unclear. About his life in Mumbai too, Mulla has heard solely rumours. Mulla asks his uncle and present guardian Moosa (Dileesh Pothan) – “Are these stories about him true?”. At this level, we aren’t informed about what he has heard.
When the motion shifts to Mumbai, particularly to Kamathipura, one will get a way of deja vu, of settings from many a film exploring the underbelly of town. A well-recognized host of characters, from a ruffian recognized solely as Bhai (Nivin Pauly), to a intercourse employee, Rosy (Sobhita Dhulipala), make their apperance. However, when one begins to get the sensation of heading down a trodden path, the script springs its collection of surprises.
We additionally head again to Lakshadweep to get a take a look at the previous lifetime of Bhai aka Akbar, which sheds gentle on his current. These are among the finest components of the movie, which throws up questions on identification and gender, and on how a conservative society violently clamps down on people who try to interrupt out of the mould. Amid this performs out an achingly stunning love story involving the mute Ameer (Roshan Mathew).
It’s fascinating how some mundane scenes, like Mulla wanting by images, or one other involving the pressured utility of lipstick on a younger boy by a bunch of men, proven earlier comes again to you, a lot later, whenever you least anticipate it.
The 2 plots typically makes the film too unwieldy, however one wonders whether or not there was one other approach round it. Nivin Pauly lives as much as the problem, which requires him to shed his boyish attraction and push himself bodily and emotionally. Matching him with their performances are Roshan Mathew and Sanjana Dipu.
Though it doesn’t play out easily all by, Moothon has sufficient depth in it for us to dive deep, and are available again with materials to ponder. Geetu Mohandas makes a courageous assertion along with her first movie in Malayalam.