Ozhivu Divasathe Kali Review
Ozhivu Divasathe Kali is one of the major releases here in Mollywood today and it is directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan. He wrote the screenplay of this movie as well based on the short story written by noted writer Unni R with the same title. The flick had attracted the attention from the audience when it had won the Kerala State Film award for the best film of 2015. It had also won many prestigious awards at various popular film festivals in India and appreciation from eminent personalities from cinema and literature also helped the film to get the attention. But it had hit the screens only because of Ashiq Abu, who came forward to distribute the movie when the team behind the film was desperate for a distributor who supports good films without considering whether the movie has a popular star in it or not.
The flick revolves around five men or more precisely five middle aged men who plans a booze-party on a holiday during an election time. For that they goes to a guest house in a forest. They wants to get some fun and relaxation there. But as time pass by each of them begins to express the wilderness that is hidden in them. So, they decides to play a game which they were used to play when they were children. Dharmapalan, Vinayan, Ashokan, Dasan and Thirumeni were the 5 friends who engages in the game.
This is not just a film but an experience to say in one word. Because it was made in such a realistic manner that we often forget that it is a movie that filmed using a camera. We just feels that a real incident is going on in front of our eyes and the dialogues and performance of the artists were so natural and convincing. The highlight of this film is its second half or post interval part. The whole second half was completed in a single shot and the flick ends with a stunning climax literally.
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan who had earlier made Oral Pokkam and won great appreciation once again showed the craftsmanship he has with this film. The screenplay was fabulous and 100% realistic and the making was also good considering the way they made it and the small budget they had. There is no artificiality at all in the narration and it is the success of its director. The film not just has entertainment in it, but also has many things which makes you think about different issues in our life and society. The screenplay had touched upon issues like Politics, Caste, Religion, Sex etc and told how people in our society manipulates all these to attain selfish goals.
The film focuses on the insufficient nature of our democracy and also our legal system through a satirical manner. It also shows the plight of low caste women who forced to serve under dominating males and it showcases how they fight it out standing there. The effect of alcohol on an individual also comes as a topic in this movie through the changes that occurs to each of the characters in this movie while they were having drinks. Their dialogues and actions changes drastically at many points and silly arguments makes way for bigger problems as well. Sanal Kumar Sasidharan had nailed it this time.
Performance from all the artists were very good. Gireesh Nair, Baiju Naito, Pradeep Kumar, Sreedhar Ganeshan, Arun Narayanan, Nisthar Sett, Reju Pillai, Abhija Sivakala etc were the artists who acted in this movie. Baiju Naito’s performance as Dasan needs a special mention as he had done a really great job in the film. The flick does not have songs and very little background music. Only the last part has some background score and Basil Joseph had done it neatly. Indrajith had cranked the camera and it was decent too. Appu N Bhattathiri edited the flick which is around 106 minutes of length.
In Total, Ozhivu Divasathe Kali is a great experience on Celluloid and it can be termed as a never seen before movie experience. A Much better performance on the technical side may have enhanced the effect of the film. Still, the film is a really enjoyable as well as eye opening experience for the viewers.
Director : Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
Release Date : 17/06/2016
Cast : Abhija Sivakala, Baiju Naito
Review : Harikrishnan