Lijo Jose Pellissery is here to stun you all yet again with his latest film Ee Ma Yau, which has hit the theatres today (May 04, 2018). The Malayalam film audiences have been eagerly waiting for this film of the much loved film-maker and let's see how the film has turned out to be.
The story of Ee Ma Yau is set against the backdrop of a coastal village and the death of Vavachan Mesthri. The biggest wish of Vavachan Mesthri was to get a grand funeral ceremony, much similar to the one his father received. He had conveyed this wish to his son Eeshi and the movie follows the son's endeavour to make Vavachan's wish come true.
At first, let's see how the cast & crew members of Ee Ma Yau have fared for the movie..
Vinayakan As Ayyappan
Give him any kind of role and he makes it a point to come up with a convincing performance. His portrayal of Ayyappan is no different and the character is something different from the ones that he has done in the past. In some of the sequences, he simply steals the show. Watch out for his performance in the scene where his character gives a speech.
Chemban Vinod Jose As Eeshi
Chemban Vinod Jose plays the role of Eeshi, the loving son of Vavachan Mesthri. He has imparted the necessary attributes to the character, be it in the form of body language in various occasions or the dialogue delivery. His realistic portrayal of Eeshi will definitely go down as one of his finest performances so far.
Dileesh Pothen As Vikariyachan
In comparison with the above two characters, Dileesh Pothen had comparatively lesser screen space. But, he has once again proved that his mettle as an actor is improving with each passing day. His performance as the priest is worthy.
Rest Of The Cast
Kainakari Thankaraj plays the role of Vavachan Mesthri and it was great to see a talent like him playing such roles of big importance. There are numerous occasions in the film where the brilliance of the actor in him can be spotted. Pauly Valsan truly deserved the big award that she won for the film and she was nothing less than fantastic with her performance, which made the character quite relatable. The film also features Bitto Davis, Krishna Padmakumar and other fresh faces. Most of them make a mark of their own.
Script & Direction
PF Mathews has penned the script of the film and it is quite sure that he has had the freedom to etch the sequences, storyline and characters, just the way he wanted. He maintains the right balance between realism, freshness and magical realism as well. The characters are so real and the minute events that unfold with a span of two evenings have been well-layered in the script.
Lijo Jose Pellissery is the man of the moment and the days to come. His craftsmanship has reached newer heights and with Ee Ma Yau, he takes us to the coastal regions of Kerala. Lijo Jose Pellissery offers a different cinematic viewing experience that has been blended equally well with scintillating combinations of visuals & darkness, music and silence.
The film is realistic to the core and one would feel like he/she has visited a place where a death has occurred. It was fascinating to see how he used the climatic changes in the due course of narration. Moreover, one needs to learn from him how to use the artists exceptionally well knowing their strengths.
Shyju Khalid's camera work is brilliant, realistic and raw and in most of the sequences, one won't feel the presence of camera. Prasanth Pillai's music was good. Editing by Deepu was top notch.
Ee Ma Yau is one such film that digs into the unexplored terrains of realistic films. At the same time, it would be harsh on the film to tag it just as a realistic film as Ee Ma Yau is the exemplary vision of a director who knows to use the cinematic possibilities to the right extent.
The story of the film is precise and simple and it spans over a couple of days. It would be hard to pin-point any other film in the recent past, which has showcased the death of a person and the after events in a brutally honest way. The satirical angle in the film has worked out extremely well and offers some chuckles.
During the due course of narration, Ee Ma Yau also questions some of the current relevant social issues, political scenarios that pop up even after the death of a person. It delves seeply into the human emotions and varied attitude of even the members of a same family.
Ee Ma Yau also gives an outlook to relationships. The film portrays one of the finest, heart-touching and well-etched father-son bonds through some of the sequences between Eeshi and his father. It also sheds some light upon the friendship factor. The characters and even some of the situations from this film will linger in your minds for quite some time.
With Ee Ma Yau, Lijo Jose Pellissery has raised the bar to another level. An exemplary attempt like this is rare and unseen.