Iyobinte Pusthakam is a period drama directed by Amal Neerad. Lal plays the title role Iyob, while Fahadh Faasil and Jayasurya essay the other lead roles. Padmapriya and Isha Sherwani play the female leads in the movie. Iyobinte Pusthakam is penned by Gopan Chidambaram and Shyam Pushkaran. The movie is produced by Fahadh Faasil and Amal Neerad under the banners Fahadh Faasil & Friends and Amal Neerad Productions.
The story progresses through a book, as a reader moves through
it. Portrayed is the life of a slave, named Iyob. Although an
Indian slave, Iyob (Lal) always supported British rule and his
colonial landlord Harison. But things change when his children
Dimitri (Chemban Vinod Jose), Ivan (Jinu Joseph) and Aloshy (Fahadh
Faasil) grow up.
Dimitri and Ivan, who grows up as spoiled brats, brutally rapes
and kills a servant girl. Aloshy, who witnesses this incident, runs
away from the home, fearing his brothers. He joins the Bristish
Navy as an officer and starts living in Kochi. After long years,
Aloshi comes back to Munnar, to marry his childhood love Martha
Then enters Angoor Ravuther (Jayasurya), a Tamil Muslim
businessman who hails from Mysore, with a hidden agenda in his
mind. Ravuther creates rifts between Dimitri, Ivan and Aloshy. This
forms the crux of the story.
Cast and Performance
Lal's portrayal of Iyob is nothing less than amazing. Fahadh
Faasil delivers a fantastic performance as a short-tempered young
man and a passioante lover. Jayasurya, who played the cunning
Angoor Ravuther, deserves a special applause for his extra-ordinary
Padmapriya playes Rahel to near perfection. Isha Sherwani, who
appears as Martha, has nothing much to do in the movie. Lena,
Chemban Vinod Jose, Jinu Joseph and Reenu Mathews equally shines in
their roles. Rest of the cast also did complete justice to their
respective roles. Amala Paul surprises the audience with her item
Script and Direction
Gopan Chidambaram and Shyam Pushkaran's script is appealing; but
falls into low pace at certain points. Director Amal Neerad
completely succeeds in bringing the best out of his actors. The
director, who is well-known for his extra-ordinary visualization
skills, creates a complete visual treat in the silver
The brilliant cinematography by Amal Neerad is the soul of the
movie. The stunning visuals convert the the not-so-thrilling plot
into an extra-ordinary movie experience. The editing by Praveen
Prabhakar is flawless.
Music and Background Score
Neha Nair and Yakzan Gary Pereira, make fantastic debut as music
directors with the brilliant background score and above average
Watch it for the extra-ordinary visual treat.