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Parole, the much awaited film of Mammootty is out in the theatres today (April 06, 2018). It is the second big release of Mammootty in the year 2018. All eyes are on this movie, which is expected to offer something special to the audiences. Let's see how the film has turned out to be.
Parole narrates the tale of Sakhavu Alex. He is also fondly called as Mesthri among the prison inmates. Earlier, Alex, who is also a farmer, led a happy life with his wife and sister. The movie takes us through the events that led him to the jail and the events that follow after he gets a Parole.
At first, let's see how the cast & crew members of Parole have fared for the movie..
Mammootty As Sakhavu Alex
Mammootty gets into the shoes of the character Alex easily. He has convincingly portrayed the various stages of the character to perfection and thus making the variations believable and distinct.
There is none to beat him in the emotional sequences and Parole is yet another example of that. Watch out for those soul-stirring moments in the second half of the movie. In fact, Mammootty shoulders the movie with his performance in many portions.
Miya George As Kathreena
Miya george essays a character named Kathreena, the younger sister of Alex. Well, it wasn't a performance oriented role as such and her performance was found to be mediocre. In some of the sequences, the performance went down to be dramatic.
Iniya As Annie
Iniya appears in the role of Annie, the wife of Alex. Even though her character didn't have the required depth, she has done her part neatly without much exaggerations.
Rest Of The Cast
Parole also features other prominent actors in important roles. Siddique essays a character named Abdu in the film and as usual he does his role to perfection. Suraj gets to play the role of Varghese and he has done a good job.
It was good to see Lalu Alex back on the big screen after a short while. At the same time, the performances of the actors who played the prison inmates looked artificial and dramatic. Sijoy Varghese, Irshad, Alencier etc., also essay important roles in the movie.
Script & Direction
Parole's script is by Ajith Poojappura. The story of the film isn't anything new and there are some striking similarities from some of the films of the past. Nevertheless, the script has its moments, especially in the second half where the plot thickens a bit with some intriguing elements. The dialogues of the film, especially those given to the character Alex were particularly good. At the same time, some of the sequences in the first half of the film looked a bit odd and forced in for the run-time.
Sharrath Sandith has done an OK job with his debut work. The film-makers visual sense is incredible and that could be understood right from the very first frame. He has also come out successful in using the actor in Mammootty up to a good extent. Nevertheless, he couldn't keep the audiences completely hooked to the film, especially with the narrative pattern, which is slow at many parts.
The cinematography department of Parole has been handled by S Loganathan is excellent and the beautiful frames set by him give the film some freshness. Suresh Urs could have done a better job with the editing of the movie and movie was found to be too long for the subject that it had to narrate. The songs set to tune by Sharreth were average and at the same time the BGM was indeed good. The actions sequences weren't convincing.
Parole isn't a complete jail based flick as it traverses through the various stages of Alex's life. To be frank, the sequences in the prison didn't look convincing although Mammootty's performance saved many of the sequences.The flashback sequences were engaging enough but at the same time, the romantic portions of Annie and Alex could have been avoided.
The first half moves at its own pace with some good moments which are definitely enjoyable for the family audiences. At the same time, the second half rides high on Mammootty's performance, especially those heart-wrenching emotional sequences.
But, the gripping factor is missing in Parole and there aren't much factors in the film, which could get rid of that predictability factor and that's the reason why Parole turns out to be an ordinary affair.
Parole has its moments, especially in the form of Mammootty's soul-stirring performance as Sakhavu Alex. But, the film doesn't rise above that. The film isn't a must watch but still, not a bad one either.