Basheerinte Premalekhanam, directed by young film-maker Aneesh Anwar has hit the theatres today (July 21, 2017). The film, featuring Farhaan Faasil and Sana Althaf in the lead roles, has been bankrolled by the banner Fort Entertainment.
The expectations were good enough on the movie, as the posters and superhit songs of the film, did hit the right chords with the audiences. But does the movie offer anything special to the audiences? Keep reading the complete review of Basheerinte Premalekhanam to know more..
The story of Basheerinte Premalekhanam is set in a village of the 1980s, where televisions aren't that common. Basheerinte Premalekhanam takes you through the events that happen when a Television finally arrives to the village. Enter Basheer, who is the only one who knows to assemble and operate television. Basheer who meets Suhra, whose house the television is being installed, falls in love with her. Their lovestory and subsequent events that unfold form the crux of the story.
See how the cast & crew members of Basheerinte Premalekhanam have fared for the movie..
Farhaan Faasil As Basheer
The title character Basheer has been portrayed by Farhaan Faasil. The young actor, in his second film has put up an 'okay' performance. In fact, he didn't look that convincing in most of the romantic sequences. He has tried to bring in some differences but couldn't pull them off in the best possible manner.
Sana Althaf As Suhra
Sana Althaf, plays Suhra, the lady-love of Basheer. She got to play the role of a girl in the 1980s and has given a decent performance. She looked perfect for the role but still, there is room for improvement, especially in dialogue delivery.
Madhu (Abu Ikka) & Sheela (Ummumma)
Madhu & Sheela play a couple in this movie. Disappointingly, there are no combination sequences for them in the film. We get to see them together only in the song 'Pranyamaanithu...'
Sheela gets to play the tailor-made role of a grandmother, who is the biggest support to her granddaughter. She pulls off the role with ease. At the same time, certain dialogues looked a bit dramatic and overboard. On the other hand, Madhu is a towering presence in the film. He does his best and his role could have been developed in a better manner.
Manikandan Achari As Usman
Manikandan Achari, gets to play a real different role in this movie. In fact, he is undoubtedly the best performer in the film. The actor has done a neat job with the change in dialect and there is an emotional sequence in the movie, which shows how good an actor he is.
Rest Of The Cast
Basheerinte Premalekhanam also features Ranjini Jose, Prem Navas, Sunil Sugatha, Nobi, Sreejith Ravi, Sivaji Guruvayoor etc., in important roles. Among the supporting cast, Hareesh Perumanna scores heavily with his comic timing. Joy Mathew also gets to play a full-length role, which he has done to perfection.
Script – Shinod, Shamseer and Bibin
The script of the film has been penned by three newcomers Shinod, Shamseer and Bibin. They have put up an interesting plot on the papers, but failed to make use of it properly. The development of the characters is on the weaker side, with the lead characters also failing to establish themselves because of shoddy writing. Even the romantic track has been developed in a poor fashion, which has backfired.
Direction – Aneesh Anwar
Aneesh Anwar, who gave the audiences two brilliant works in the form of Zachariyayude Garbhinikal and Kumbasaram, has opted to take a different route in Basheerinte Premalekhanam. This time, he has opted to take the full-on entertainment route.
Disappointingly, Aneesh Anwar fails to impress this time. The film-maker in him is left confused most of the times. He has fizzled out in the romantic sequences, failing to establish the chemistry between the lead pair. He has done a good job by creating the mood of the 1980s but that solely wasn't enough to save the movie.
Other Technical Aspects
Sanjay Harris has handled the camera department and he has done a good job in his debut venture. The editing of the film looked shabby as many of the sequences lacked a smooth flow. Music by Vishnu Mohan Sithara is excellent, and he is definitely a budding talent.
Well, Basheerinte Premalekhanam has been tagged as a romantic comedy. Having said that, the love track in such a genre holds due importance. But here the audiences don't get attached to its lead characters. The romantic track between Suhra and Basheer lacks conviction or the emotional connect that the audiences are longing for. In fact, another surprise romantic track in the film is even more fruitful than the love track of the lead characters.
The first half of the film moves forward with scattered comedies here and there. With the arrival of the television, the film offers an interesting turn. The audiences get to go for a trip down the memory lane but too many such instances, test the patience of the audiences. Similar is the case of the second half, where in which the core plot takes the backseat, with some unwanted attempts to create comedy, spoiling the show. The film gets back to the proper track towards the end, but not before creating the necessary damage.
On a positive note, as mentioned above, there are some glimpses of nostalgic elements, which might bring a smile on your faces.
Basheerinte Premalekhanam is a trip down the memory lane, which fails to create the necessary impact. The film's plot and premises get full marks but the final product, isn't convincing.