'Njan Prakashan', the Malayalam movie which marks the reunion of ace writer Sreenivasan and Sathyan Anthikad after 16 years hit the theaters across Kerala on December 21. As the dream duo makes a grand comeback, they roped in Fahadh Faasil, one of the most impeccable actors in Mollywood to do the lead role.
Despite tough competition at the box-office, especially due to the 'Odiyan' factor, opening shows of 'Njan Prakashan' witnessed an attendance of more than 80 percent in almost all release centres, and this clearly shows the affinity of Kerala public towards Sreenivasan- Sathyan Anthikkad movies.
International Business Times' reporter watched 'Njan Prakashan' from Jayabharath, Vadakkencherry, and we are hereby sharing our genuine and unbiased review of this movie below.
Mirroring the life of a common Kerala man
Just like all other Sreenivasan-Sathyan Anthikad movies, 'Njan Prakashan' too is a tailor-made flick loaded with all the elements demanded to meet the needs of families. The film has Fahadh Faasil playing the lead role, Prakashan, a man who aimed to become a doctor but ended up as a nurse. Prakashan's character is loaded with inferiority complexes and at one point in time, he himself changes his name to 'PR Akash' to make it more modern.
Even though he is not satisfied with his profession as a nurse, he blatantly tries to migrate to a foreign country to settle his life.
In this journey, Prakashan faces so many challenges and lovely emotional moments. Especially in the second half of the movie, the lead character meets a young girl named Tina, and from then, his life takes some unexpected turns.
Vintage Sreenivasan is back
The movie is a strong comeback of Sreenivasan as a writer. In 'Njan Prakashan', Sreenivasan has successfully exposed the pseudo mindset of young people in Kerala. He has also satirically pinpointed the selfish mindset of politicians and their attitude towards grass root party workers.
On the other hand, Sathyan Anthikkad, as usual, narrated the proceedings with less superficiality on screen. This movie literally flowed like a calm river, and at the end of the movie, audiences can be seen leaving the theatres with a bit smile on their faces.
Fahadh Faasil stole the show
Fahadh Faasil is one of the most fine-tuned actors in the Malayalam film industry. Even though his mannerisms in 'Njan Prakashan' resembled one of his previous performances (Aymanam Sidharthan in Oru Indian Pranayakadha), the actor successfully tickled the funny bones of the audiences using his wide eyes and spectacular rendering of emotions. One scene in the movie where Fahad was seen standing on his bike was a sheer delight, and this particular moment is enough and more to know the easiness of Fahad's acting.
Sreenivasan, who did another crucial role in the movie, both as a narrator and an actor did justice to his job. Meera Nair and Anju Kurian excelled mainly in the second half of the movie.
'Njan Prakashan' is a must-watch movie for people who love to enjoy those vintage Sreenivasan moments on screen.