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Ivide Movie Review: A Movie Of International Standards; Fails As Crime Drama

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Ivide is a crime drama, which stars Prithviraj, Nivin Pauly and Bhavana in the lead roles. The movie is directed by Shyamaprasad and penned by Ajayan Venugopalan. Ivide is produced by Dr. S Sajikumar, under the banner Dharmik Films.

Ivide Plot

Varun Blake (Prithviraj) is an Indian who migrates to America at the age of 6. His Indian identity has caused some issues in his childhood, which results in his hatred towards India and Indians.

He is extremely sensitive, short-tempered in nature amd indecisive, which badly affects both his personal and professional lives. But when it comes to his professional life, Varun is highly talented.

As a part of a murder series investigation, Varun meets his ex-wife Roshni Mathew (Bhavana) and Krish Hebbar (Nivin Pauly), an IT company CEO. The investigation slowly starts to affect the life of the trio and this forms the crux of the story.


Prithviraj steals the show as Varun Blake. The actor just mesmerises with his mindblowing acting skills and excellence in dialogue delivery. He has brilliantly adapted the American accent, which has helped in the perfect portrayal of the character.

Nivin Pauly, who plays Krish Hebbar, is just ok in his role. At certain points, the actors struggle to cope with the character. Sadly, he turns out to be a misfit for the role, which demands an even stronger performer.

Bhavana delivers a decent and matured performance as Roshni. Prakash Bare, Dhanish Karthik, Jia Patel, Deepti Nair, Haridev, Sunil Veettil, Shaun Xavier, Kirstein Gilbert, Robin Cole etc, who appear in the supporting roles, are good in their roles.

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Script And Direction

The movie lacks the strength which is needed for an investigation drama. Ajayan Venugopalan fails in bringing up an engaging script out of the not-so-strong plot. The second half and climax will disappoint the normal audience.

When it is approached as a typical Shyamaprasad movie, Ivide is an above average movie experience. But as a crime drama, the movie fails to meet the standards. Despite the expectations, it is not a different film from Shyamaprasad, but is just another movie with the signature of the director.

Technical Aspects

The movie stands out with its Hollywood-like making style and visualisation. American cinematographer Eric Dickinson has succeeded in bringing out the beauty of Atlanta.

The movie is completely rich with the beautiful visuals. Manoj's editing is not upto the mark, as the movie fallsinto low pace from the beginning.

Songs And Background Score 

National Award winner Gopi Sundar composes the songs for the movie. The songs Etho theerangal and Aazhangalil dhinaravukal perfectly sinks in with the plot of the film. The background score is brilliant at most of the parts but lacks perfection at certain points.


A Malayalam movie of International standards. But fails to satisfy the Shyamaprasad fans and crime drama lovers.

Check Out The Slides To Know More Interesting Facts About The Movie, Cast & Crew...

Prithviraj As Varun Blake

Prithviraj essays Varun Blake, who struggles with his own personality traits. He is an Indian who is born and brought up in America.

Nivin Pauly As Krish Hebbar

Nivin Pauly essays Krish Hebbar, a Malayali IT professional who reaches America with a big goal to achieve. He is hardworking, loving young man.

Bhavana As Roshni Mathew

Bhavana depicts Roshni Mathew, a Malayali Syrian Christian woman who lives in US with her daughter. She is the ex-wife of Varun Blake and love interest of Krish Hebbar.


The movie is directed by Shyamaprasad, the three-time National Award winner. Ivide is the 12th directorial venture of Shyam and second collaboration with actors Prithviraj and Nivin.

Writer-Ajayan Venugopalan

Ajayan Venugopalan pens the story, screenplay and dialogues for the movie. Ajayan has earlier worked with Shyamaprasad for the movie English.

Technical Aspects

Erik Dickinson is the director of photography and Manoj handles the editing.

Songs And Background Score

National Award winner Gopi Sundar composes the songs and background score for the movie. The songs are sung by Gopi Sundar himself and Prithviraj.

Prithviraj And Nivin With Bhavana

Prithviraj and Bhavana are teaming up, for the 6th time in their careers. Nivin Pauly and Bhavana have earlier shared the screen in the movie The Metro.

Prithviraj And Nivin Pauly

Prithviraj and Nivin Pauly, the most promising young actors of the town, are sharing the screen for the first time in their careers.


An emotional crime drama from Shyamaprasad.

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