Blessy's latest directorial venture Kalimannu is the much hyped movie of the year 2013. The movie was in news mostly for controversial issues. Many people spoke against the screening of the movie. Surprisingly, the movie bagged a U/A certificate.
Meera (Shweta Menon) is a club dancer in Mumbai. She aspires to become an actress. She returns home in a cab after her performance at the club. Apparently, she becomes pregnant from her boyfriend Vivek. But he dumps her. Desperate Meera aborts her child and attempts suicide.
Meera tries to jump into the sea and commit suicide. But Shyam (Biju Menon), her taxi driver, saves her life. He pampers and asks her to consider it as a second phase in her life. But Meera was in no state of a comeback. She was very much regretful of what has happened to her. But Shyam inspires her and makes her ambitious.
Inspired by Shyam, Meera steps back from her decision on suicide and returns home. But unfortunately, the owner of the house expel her from the house, but Shyam accepts her and marries her. Meera reaches her ambition and becomes part of a movie.
Shyam and Meera were leading a happy married life, when suddenly a disaster strikes. Shyam met with an accident while returning back collecting the gown which Meera was to wear at her Premier of her movie. The rest forms the climax of the story.
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This can be regarded as a milestone in the acting career of the actress. Since her delivery was shot live in the film, her expressions had the original feel. No vulgarity was seen in the delivery scene.
The actor has now become choosy over his films and his character on Kalimannu once again proves it. He plays a loving husband Shyam in the film, which every girl dreams of.
This is the first film of the director without Mammootty or Mohanlal. The movie gives a good message. It is undoubtedly a tribute to all mothers in the world. As a director, he has once again proved himself, by depicting the real life onscreen.
All have done justice to their roles. Suhasini, who played the role of Sophie, Meera's friend, has done a commendable performance.
The movie songs were already in chartbusters. The 'Lalee lalee...' song, which is a lullaby sung by the expecting mother for her unborn baby, has achieved the record of the most viewed song in YouTube. M Jayachandran has done justice to his work.
The cinematography has been successful in merging with the movie sequences. Cinematographer Satheesh Kurup has done fair justice to his job.
The movie has slammed down all the controversial issues. The movie has the delivery scene of Shweta Menon. The scene hardly last for a minute and has been successfully picturised. The natural expressions of the actress was an added advantage.
The movie spreads a good message. It shares the problems faced by women in different parts of the country. The movie highlights the importance of a mother and the pain she takes to survive in different phase of her life.
The first half of the movie seems to be lagging. The movie is too serious and lacks humour.
The movie tries to create a social awareness about women and their safety. A must watch movie.