The movie that slowly kicked in

Last weekend, I eagerly sat down to watch the much-anticipated Malayalam film “Aavesham,” fueled by high expectations born from its stellar cast and the promises of its trailer and soundtrack. Fahadh Faasil’s presence alone, not as the protagonist but in a pivotal role, hinted at a cinematic experience worth savoring.

As the story unfolded, following three college students bullied into associating with a local gangster for vengeance, I found myself initially underwhelmed upon leaving the theater. The film, while undeniably exciting, seemed to fall short of the monumental hype that preceded it. However, upon reflection, I discovered an unexpected appreciation blossoming within me.

It wasn’t just the adrenaline-fueled action sequences or the catchy tunes that lingered in my mind; rather, the nuanced performances and intricate character dynamics gradually won me over. Kudos to the protagonists Hipzter, Mithun Jai Shankar, Roshan Shanavas and other side characters for fitting seamlessly into the world of Aavesham, but the film reached its peak with the performances of two specific actors. Fahadh Faasil’s portrayal of the loud yet lovable local gangster, Ranga, and Sajin Gopu’s depiction of his loyal henchman, Ambaan, struck a chord with me. Their on-screen chemistry, oscillating between moments of fun and profound emotion, resonated deeply, leaving me yearning for their fictional presence in my own life. Not to mention, Ranga boasts the best flashback look in any Indian cinema I have seen. 

One standout scene, devoid of action but brimming with tension and humor, depicted the characters engaging in a game of dumb charades. It was a masterclass in screenplay, showcasing the transformative power of simplicity when infused with context and creativity. As a budding filmmaker, I aspire to reproduce such feats, transforming everyday occurrences into captivating narratives that resonate with audiences. 

Now, my world is filled with echoes of “Aavesham” — from my song playlist to my Instagram feed, even showing up in my own quirky habits, like those of Ranga. Despite any flaws the film may possess, I’m still drawn in by the film’s magic, proving how cinema can always captivate and inspire.

Directed by Jithu Madhavan with a captivating score by Sushin Shyam, “Aavesham” showcases Malayalam cinema’s limitless creativity with storytelling and screenplay.



  1. This makes me want to watch the film brother 😂

  2. Damn brother, the way you have written the critique about the movie blows my mind. 🤯🔥
    Looking forward to a lot more of these!

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