Sakhavu starring Nivin Pauly in the lead role has made it to the theatres today (April 15, 2017). The film, directed by Sidhartha Siva is definitely one of the big movies of this summer season.
Sidhartha Siva himself has penned the script for the movie.
Sakhavu has been bankrolled by B Rakesh under the banner
The story of Sakhavu revolves around Krishnakumar, who
is a Student leader with a selfish attitude. One day, he visits a
hospital, as he has been assigned with a duty. There he gets to
know about Sakhavu Krishnan and his history, which brings about a
change in Krishnakumar's attitude.
Read on to know how the cast & crew members of
Sakhavu have fared forthe movie..
Nivin Pauly As Krishnakumar/Krishnan
Nivin Pauly appears in dual roles, one as the young leader
Krishnakumar and the other as Sakhavu Krishnan. The actor excels in
the role of Krishnakumar aka Kichu and does it with effortless
ease. He successfully evokes laughter in many of the sequences and
the spontaneity in his performance is worth mentioning.
But, it was the role of Krishnan, which offered him good scope
for performance. It was a decent performance from him as Krishnan
but at the same time, he slips in some of the most important
sequences in the movie, in the second half. Dialogue delivery at
times looked a bit artificial.
Aishwarya Rajesh As Janaki
Aishwarya Rajesh portrays Janaki, wife of Sakhavu Krishnan. She
is a real talent and does justice to both the younger and older
versions of her character. At the same time, the character remains
underdeveloped in the movie.
Gayathri Suresh As Aishwarya
Actress Gayathri Suresh appears as Aishwarya, a nurse working in
the government hospital. The actress has nothing much to do in the
movie and appears in only very few sequences of the movie.
Aparna Gopinath As Neeti
We all know her caliber as an actress and in Sakhavu,
she gets to play the role of Neeti, daughter of Sakhavu
Krishnan. She excels in her role and look out for the police
station sequence where she simply steals the show.
Sreenivasan As The Doctor
Sreenivasan makes a smashing entry in the movie, with a powerful
sequence. But that particular sequence remains the only noteworthy
scene for the actor in him. He was side-lined in what could be
called as a guest appearance.
Rest Of The Cast
Sakhavu also features actor like Sudheesh, Aliyar, V K
Prakash, Santhosh Keezhattoor, Musthafa, Sreelakshmi etc., in it.
All of them have done their part to perfection. Special mention to
Althaf and Baiju, who have nailed it with their
Script & Direction Sidhrtha Siva
Sidhartha Siva, the man who helmed some classics like Ain,
Zaheer, 101 Chodyangal has penned the script and called the
shots for the movie. He has a wafer thin plot to narrate through
Sakhavu, but his screenplay holds the viewers tight in many of the
Coming to the film-maker in him, it seems like he was left
confused to make a class movie or a film for the masses. Some
sequences in the second half looks like over the board, and forced
in just to add commercial elements. The pacing of the movie also
creates a concern.
But, the director in him shows some real brilliance, especially
in sequences towards the climax. Importantly, he is successful in
delivering an important message on how a true communist should be.
He was successful in inspiring the viewers at parts and kudos for
that. He has also done a commendable job in the flashback
sequences, where the Kerala of the 1950's and 1960's are
Popular cinematographer George C Williams has handled the camera
department of the movie. We get to see his brilliance in the
flashback sequences, where the story moves to the hilly terrains of
Peeramedu. An impressive work from the cinematographer
Vineeb Krishnan, who has edited the movie, could have kept the
runtime of the movie under check. Song and BGM by Prashanth Pillai
are mighty impressive and set the tone for the movie, most of the
As mentioned above, Sakhavu does put forward a very
important message by taking us through its two main lead
characters. The story of the film is nothing new but the movie's
intent is to be an eye-opener and an inspiring tale, on which the
film succeeds at instances.
But still, the pacing of the movie might test the patience of
the viewers. Proceedings also take a predictable turn, which
hinders the viewing experience at parts. The runtime of the film is
above 2hrs and 40 mins and one would feel whether such a detailing
was required for the story that it had to narrate. The mix of mass
and class hasn't done much good to the movie.
Nevertheless, Sakhavu is definitely a watchable one for the
message that it puts forward. The flashback sequences in the first
half are a treat to watch. The changes that come in the lead
character Krishnakumar have been shown in a convincing fashion and
such moments of brilliance, where the audiences get inspired, work
pretty well for the movie.
Sakhavu has its heart at the right place. The movie
will inspire you and can be an eye-opener for many. But still, the
movie could have been a lot better.