C S Soon, the first Malayalam film that is exclusively made for the OTT platform, has finally premiered on Amazon Prime Video. The movie, which is conceptualized and directed by renowned editor-filmmaker Mahesh Narayanan, features Fahadh Faasil, Darshana Rajendran, and Roshan Mathew in the lead roles. C U Soon is produced by Fahadh Faasil and Nazriya Nazim, under the banner Fahadh Faasil & Friends.
Did this experimental project succeed in creating a new benchmark in the Malayalam cinema? Read C U Soon movie review here, to know...
Jimmy Kurien (Roshan Mathew), an impulsive youngster who works in the UAE, meets Anu Sebastian (Darshana Rajendran) on a dating app. The duo becomes friends and soon fall in love. Jimmy proposes Anu through a video call in the presence of his mother and cousins. His mother (Maala Parvathi), who grows suspicious about Anu, seeks the help of Jimmy's cousin Kevin Thomas (Fahadh Faaasil), who is a hacking expert, to collect her whereabouts.
Meanwhile, Jimmy discovers that Anu doesn't even own a sim card, and is constantly abused by her family. He rescues and brings her home, and plans to marry her soon. However, Anu suddenly disappears from his apartment under suspicious circumstances. Jimmy, who is on the verge of getting arrested, seeks Kevin's help to track Anu's whereabouts. What happens next forms the crux of the story.
Script & Direction
Mahesh Narayanan, the editor-filmmaker who conceptualized and directed C U Soon, deserves a big applause for the brilliant execution of this highly innovative idea. This Fahadh Faasil production is a moving cinematic experience, that has the elements of both- thriller and emotional drama.
The vulnerabilities of the present cyber world are narrated in an absolutely realistic manner, in C U Soon. Coming to the three lead characters, Anu, Kevin, and Jimmy, all of them have multiple layers. Anu is highly secretive, Kevin is misogynistic and not-so-likable, and Jimmy has a talent for attracting trouble - and that makes them real and relatable.
However, the narrative does falter at certain points, where the proceedings might confuse the audiences for a while. The first few minutes of the film might test the patience of some, as it takes a bit too long for the characters to appear on the screen. But the fresh approach towards the story and crisp narrative compensate for all those minor flaws in the end.
Fahadh Faasil once again proves why he has been considered one of the finest actors of the industry, with his purely brilliant acting chops (his performance in a sequence, where his character goes through a major realization, is one of his best acting moments on the silver screen).
Roshan Mathew, on the other hand, once again amazes with his exceptional range as an actor, with the smooth transitions through the various stages of his character's life. Darshana Rajendran too has played her part to near perfection. The rest of the star cast, including Saiju Kurup, Maala Parvathi, Liz, and others are good in their respective roles.
C U Soon is one of the most technically-sound films made in the Indian film industry, in recent times. The movie is a custom shot for the OTT screens, using the wide possibilities of the iPhone camera. Mahesh Narayanan, the director himself has handled virtual photography and has done a brilliant job.
Nazriya Nazim, the actress-producer has made her debut as a production designer with the movie and has done a great job. The editing and special effects team totally deserve a big round of applause. Coming to the background score, Gopi Sundar has once again done an impressive job.
C U Soon is undoubtedly a ground-breaking attempt in the history of the Indian film industry. This brilliant attempt by Mahesh Narayanan, Fahadh Faasil, and the team truly deserve to be appreciated. But, C U Soon is definitely not for the audiences who expect films to follow a formula.