An Malayalam movie directed by Jijo Antony
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“A Flawed narration ruins another wise good theme”
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Darvinte Parinamam (Darwin's evolution) is definitely an unusual name for a Malayalam film, that was what I really felt when I heard of the film for the first time. Considering that it was a film featuring Prithviraj and also produced by August Cinema, a production and distribution house of which he forms an integral part, there was something to look forward to from the film. The trailer did not reveal much but looked promising to me. As I watched the film I also realised that director Jijo Antony's intention is to clearly do something different within the popular or mainstream space.
Anil Anto (Prithviraj) shifts from Kottarakkara to Cochin along with his pregnant wife Amala (Chandni Sreedharan) in order to escape the constant taunts from his mother. With the help of some friends and with some luck, Anil and Amala slowly start rebuilding their lives. Darwin (Chemban Vinod) is a notorious don in Cochin who is a little uncouth and brash by nature. Anil and Darwin have nothing in common and they do not know each other at all. However one day an unexpected event triggers off something that goes on to connect them together in a way that neither of them would have expected.
The film starts off on a promising note as we see Darwin being introduced as the hero of the tale and Anil as the villain, quite the opposite of what one would expect. The first half is quite serious and at the interval point the confrontation is very well set up and one tends to look forward to an engaging second half. However Jijo Antony shifts the narrative to a more light hearted fashion which after a while makes the proceedings drag along. It's good to see Prithviraj allowing Chemban Vinod to share the centre stage and both of them are effective enough. The cinematography (Abhinandan Ramanujam) and action sequences are impressive. Eventually the film is a mixed bag of sorts, not as good as Prithviraj's last 4 films, but not among his worsts either.
On February 24, 2016
Darvinte Parinamam poster