Nivin Pauly starrer Sakhavu, which hit the theatres on April 15, 2017 did make a strong opening at the Kerala box office. The reviews for the film have also been favourable, with audiences praising the performance of Nivin Pauly.
The actor was much criticised for doing similar roles. In fact, there was a time when Nivin Pauly was criticised for doing movies within the safe zone.
With Sakhavu, the actor in Nivin Pauly has taken a giant leap forward. In Sakhavu, Nivin Pauly appears in four different get-ups and he has proved that he is much more than a chocolate boy.
Interestingly, it should also be noted that, there have been some movies from the past, which did explore the actor in him, much like Sakhavu did. Here we take you through those movies.
It was for the role in this movie that Nivin Pauly fetched the Kerala State Film Award for the Best Actor in the year 2014. The character of Rameshan demanded a meticulous act from the actor. The film moves through the various stages of character's life, for which he had to sport different looks and Nivin Pauly seemed perfect in that particular role.
How can we forget the character Kuttan from Bangalore Days? Nivin Pauly was at his witty best while portraying this innocent and down-to-earth characters. The actor in him never went overboard and remained well within the limit of the character. This role made him hugely popular among the family audiences.
Premam is a landmark film in the career of Nivin Pauly. Yet again, the actor in him got to play different stages of the character. In Premam, the actor in him got to do some mass scenes, especially in the college portions. More importantly, he got the chance to do an emotional sequence, during the latter half of the movie, in which the actor showed his ability to the fullest.
Action Hero Biju
Action Hero Biju was a different police story, something which was new to Malayalam cinema. The film didn't have any over-the-top heroic sequences and the lead character in the movie really demanded to look real. The actor in Nivin Pauly was able to bring that real feel, be it with his body language or dialogue delivery.
It was the film Thattathin Marayathu, which helped him to break some shackles. After his debut, Nivin Pauly was stuck doing some serious roles, and then came Thattathin Marayathu, which explored his ability in doing comic, lighter and romantic roles.
Well, with Sakhavu, we definitely can reiterate the fact that he is growing as an actor. Importantly, most of his upcoming projects are also promising.
He will be seen doing the lead role in Geethu Mohandas's Moothon, which is the most promising one among the lot. He will also play a very powerful role in the film Richy, which is his second film in Tamil.