Liquor consumes Murali, relatively than the opposite method round, as it’s with most individuals. Each waking hour is spent fascinated by the best way to get his subsequent drink, with out which he simply can’t perform. As soon as, he sells even his daughter’s examine desk to purchase a drink whereas one other time he’s proven ingesting a complete bottle of cough syrup to get excessive. Vellam, a colloquial utilization to consult with drunkards, is that this man’s story.
Filmmaker G. Prajesh Sen, who made his debut with Captain, but once more groups up with Jayasurya for Vellam. Stated to be impressed from a real-life story, it chronicles how Murali (Jayasurya), who turns into a burden for his household, and the society round him, comes again from the brink and rebuilds his life.
Fairly a number of movies have been made on folks battling ingesting issues, most just lately the Pirthviraj-starrer Paavada. A lot has been mentioned about it already that there’s little so as to add. Vellam additionally does probably not say something new, however tries to go a lot deeper into the difficulty, portraying the sheer helplessness of somebody eager to recover from dependancy, and that of the folks round him. It doesn’t have any parallel narratives taking the eye away from the drunkard.
However after a degree, the scenes of a drunk Murali mendacity on the street or having a tiff together with his household turns into repetitive. It appeared the director wished to drill within the message and make the viewer really feel the drunkard’s plight. Enhancing out a few of these would have helped in reducing down the run-time of two-and-a-half hours. If not for Jayasurya’s earnest efficiency, these components would have change into much more of a drag. He provides it his all as the person who can’t think about life with out alcohol, even crawling on the ground and licking drops of spilt spirit. For Samyuktha Menon too, the position of Murali’s spouse provides ample scope to carry out.
A number of the scenes, just like the one involving a lacking gold ring throughout a household perform and the suspicion turning to the good-at-heart protagonist, have been paying homage to fairly a number of different ones we’ve watched earlier than. Sequences like these appeared to be simply there to take advantage of some emotion. Whether or not as a result of compulsions to stay to the real-life story or a reluctance to stray into uncharted territory, there’s nothing out of the field right here. The movie stays afloat strictly on the energy of Jayasurya’s efficiency.
Starring: Jayasurya, Samyuktha Menon
Course: G. Prajesh Sen