Madhav Ramadasan, who rocked the box office with the courtroom drama Melvilasam, is back in action with an exceptional medical thriller, Apothecary. The movie revolves around a doctor, Vijay Nambiar, and the patients who come into his life. Suresh Gopi, Jayasurya and Asif Ali play the main roles in the film, which is produced by Dr. George Mathew and Dr. Baby Mathew under the banner Arambankudiyil Cinemas.
Dr. Vijay Nambiar (Suresh Gopi) is a famous neurosurgeon, who leads a happy life with his family. His wife Dr. Nalini Nambiar (Abhirami) is a gynecologist and both of them work in the same hospital. Dr. Vijay comes across two severely ill patients Subi Joseph (Jayasurya) and Prathapan (Asif Ali). The experiences he goes through after those incidents completely change his views towards his profession and life.
Cast and Performance
Suresh Gopi and Jayasurya completely steal the show. Suresh Gopi rocked the screen with his character Dr. Vijay Nambiar; especially in the climax scenes. He once again proves that he is one of the most talented actors of Malayalam cinema. Jayasurya has delivered his best performance till date and looks fantastic in his role. Asif Ali also makes a mark with his decent and controlled acting.
Abhirami shines as Dr. Nalini Nambiar, while Meera Nandan looks fine in the role of Daisy. It is Indrans who completely surprises the audience in the role of Jayasurya's father. The actor proves that he can play serious roles as well. Rest of the cast, including Thampy Antony, Kavitha Nair, Seema G Nair, Arun, Neeraj Madhav, Jayaraj Warrier and Jayan Cherthala also did complete justice to their roles.
Script and Direction
Script by Madhav Ramadasan and Hemath Kumar is tightly packed and engaging. The movie manages to keep a rhythm from the beginning to the end, but lags at times.
Director Madhav Ramadasan has managed to bring the best out of his actors.
The cinematography by Hari Nair is good and creates an atmosphere for a serious plot. The editing by K Srinivas is not up to expectations as the movie lags at times.
Songs and Background Score
Sheikh Ellahi is the music director of the movie. The only song in the movie is not up to standards; but the background score completely sinks into the plot and makes the movie even more haunting.
This is a perfect emotional thriller recommended for those audiences who love to watch meaningful movies.