Fantasy is one such genre that allows makers and writers to come up with the best of their creative inputs, yet we haven't seen many Malayalam movies belonging to this genre. Iblis comes in as an exception though. The posters and trailer of the film had promised a film, which would explore this genre to the fullest. Has Iblish lived up to the expectation and provided something new to the audiences? Read Iblis review here to get the answers.
Iblis has its premises set in an imaginary land which has been ruled by superstitions. Vysakhan, a youngster who belongs to this place, is in love with a girl named Fida. Meanwhile, the place is considered to be a land of curse and has a whole lot of mystery. Iblis takes us to this land and the lives of Vysakhan, Fida and others.
Be it realistic or fantasy, a story should capture the attention of all and the plot of Iblis adheres to that pivotal point. Rohith VS has penned the out-of-the-box concept and has placed it in a fabulous storyline. Writer Sameer takes forward this story with amazing characterization and excellent sequences that are the by-products of creative brains. The characterizations are quirky and interesting. Each and every character is quite different from one another. In fact, the writer has infused magical realism to the script as well. The film does have some light-hearted comedies, but nothing has been forced in, and they are just a part of the narrative and presentation.
In his debut directorial venture, Rohith VS had taken a path that has not been treaded much on and he continues the same with Iblis. It is never easy to conceptualize a fantasy movie and that too in a believable manner. Rohith VS comes out successful in setting up that perfectly. The film-maker in him doesn't compromise for the cliched commercial factors and that shows the amount of confidence that he has. As a result, he takes us to this fantasy world with ease, and due credits to his convincing making style. The film goes back-and-forth and the grip over the narrative pattern is firm and solid. At the same time, the pacing of the film might be an issue for some.
Asif Ali continues to impress with his experimentation and he has completely transformed as the character Vysakhan. Iblis is yet another film that showcases the brilliant actor in Asif Ali. It was refreshing to see Madonna Sebastian back in Mollywood and she was the perfect choice for the character Fida. Lal steals the show as Vysakhan's grandpa and he has to offer some of the most amazing sequences of the film. Siddique too has chipped in with a remarkable performance.
The entire technical department of the movie deserves a big applause. Songs are a part of the narrative and they meet the requirement of the film. BGM of the film is impressive. Cinematography is splendid and add the necessary flavour to the movie. The costumes and art departments of the film deserve a big round of applause, as their involvement in setting up this fantasy trip is indelible.
With its quirkiness and captivating story-telling, Iblis offers a never-seen-before kind of an experience to the audiences. Rohith VS and team deserve a big applause to staying true to the genre with utmost sincerity.