Monday, February 16, 2015

Mili review: "Hits the right notes!!!"

The quadrennial cricket tournament got off to a roaring start & with Team India prevailing over the arch rivals yet again to make it 6-0 in World Cups, it meant films will have to take a back seat for the next few weeks. However, this weekend saw the release of "Mili" in Bangalore almost a fortnight after it was released (only God knows as to why the distributors had released it so late here). Well since the movie had already garnered positive responses it naturally coaxed me to check it out.

Mili (Amala Paul) was a person who suffered from low self esteem which stemmed from the fact that she lacked confidence in whatever she pursued. It wasn't as if this happened over night but rather it was the culmination of years of frustration due to her inability to shine & rise upto the expectations of her father. Being an introvert & submissive, Mili failed to gel with her hostel mates & before long she also lost her job as a kindergarten teacher. As always, she sought the help of Nancy (Praveena), a family friend & former student of Mili's father, to help her out of the mess. Things take a turn when Nancy's brother, Naveen (Nivin Pauly), a HR trainer instills in Mili the confidence to sort out her problems & take on the life's challenges by the scruff. But did she have it in her to practically execute his advice???

It's been almost 4 years since Rajeev Pillai's "Traffic" had released, a movie which started the trend of the so called "new generation" movies (both good & bad) or more appropriately movies with fresh creative scripts. So when "Mili" was announced, there was a palpable sense of hype & all the more so, thanks to the catchy promotional video. As expected, he has come up with an impressive movie which was scripted by Mahesh Narayanan, who deserves the accolades coming his way. Though the film concludes in a predictable manner with a sermon by the protagonist, the build up towards it had the audience interested. Gopi Sundar deserves credit for some soothing numbers with Manppathamey rendered by Shaan Rehman being my personal favourite. As for other technical aspects, it seemed apt.

Amala Paul has done a brilliant job as the protagonist & this will surely rank as one of the best in her career along with "Myna". Nivin Pauly has done a fine job in a supporting role without going over the top & belongs to those rare category of actors who seems at ease (& also acceptable for the audience) be it as the lead or as the supporting cast. As for the rest, all of them have done a fine job be it Saikumar (who as always rocks), Praveena, Ambika, Sanuja etc.

Verdict: There is no surprise as to why this movie is still racking in decent numbers at the box office as it endears to the audience. It doesnt have a "wow' factor, but there is something about the script which keeps us entertained. So in case you have missed it, dont hesitate to check it out!!!

Rating: 3.5/5


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