Picket 43 is the latest directorial venture of Major Ravi. The movie stars Prithviraj in the central role. Bollywood actor Javed Jaffrey, Renji Panicker, Shobha Mohan etc plays the other pivotal roles. Picket 43 is produced by Sunil OG, under the banner Murali Films.
Havildar Harindran Nair (Prithviraj) is a young soldier who joins army without any passion. Terrorists brutally kills the soldier who was posted in an Indian Army picket, which is known as Picket 43. Hari gets posted in Picket 43; to his extreme disappointment. An army dog, named Bacardi accompanies him to Picket 43.
Hari develops a great bonding with Bacardi, his only companion at the picket. Then he meets Mussharaf (Javed Jaffrey), a Pakistani soldier and the two ends up being friends, despite the clashes between their respective countries. This forms the rest of the story.
Cast and Performance
Prithviraj, who portrays Havildar Harindran Nair, brilliantly plays the emotional scenes; but need to improve in lighter scenes. His performance as innocent light-hearted young man looks artificial at certain points. Javed Jaffrey delivers a power-packed performance as Mussharaf.
Rest of the cast, including Renji Panicker, Sudheer Karamana, Hareesh Peradi, Anusha, Shoba Mohan and Sreerag Nambiar plays their respective roles to near perfection.
Script and Direction
Major Ravi makes a perfect comeback with the movie, which deals with a completely different theme unlike his earlier movies. The screenplay of the movie has its own flaws; but the director manages to conceal it with the wonderful visualisation and brilliant climax.
Jomon T John's mind-blowing visuals are a real treat for the audience. Ranjan Abraham's edits and cuts hasn't met the standards; as the movie falls into low pace during the first half.
Songs and Background Score
Ratheesh Vega's songs fails to impress. Rex Vijayan's decent background score creates a perfect mood for the movie.
Watch Picket 43 for a different movie experience and the perfect climax.