Vathmeekam with a Twist

There are not many movies which inspires like Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam. Yes, Malayalam movies have had motivation flicks which have worked, but this one has managed to come up with a life of its own, and the same has provided it a status high above Punyalan Agarbathis as far as the connectivity for the common man is concerned. The other inspirational movie, My God just worked less for the viewers, and none of the others like Rani Padmini and Mili were kept this simple, and the strength of its simplicity will surely amaze you. It is a quality that the movie can cherish.

Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam is not the kind of inspirational movie which is made for the kind of people who enjoy individuality by traveling all around the world, finding love of lust and changing himself in the end like a psycho who is against the society – here, it is a lot about being part of the society as an individual. As it continues to run in a number of theatres and will make a comeback to other screens due to the quality of its idea and content, lets look at some of the reasons why this one works so well, and a special addition, the twist comes in the end related to a birthday!

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Among the reasons that you find for watching this movie, there will always be Jayasurya, the man who does the role of the main character Sudi/Sudheendhan – he has also co-produced the movie here. There are not many actors who could have done this role with such perfection. As most of you have noticed, here he plays the role of a man with a stammering problem which affects his life. May be the problem could be brought to the screen well, not with such effectiveness as we can see in this movie. He is amazingly good in this flick as the titular character.

Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam is at its best as the inspirational movie because it tells the viewers that all of them can, and it says that idea without any doubt. This inspiration is not radically focused on a certain thing, but on the individuality which is the thing where all the attention happens be. Here, the change begins when accepting oneself as another person and not someone else to whom the comparison is made. Being better or like someone else is never the idea of this movie, and the protagonist himself clearly states that point relating to his life.

For the same reason, the feel-good factor here is stronger than that of many other movies, and in all its simplicity, Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam leaves you with the much needed happy feeling – there is absolutely no negativity around. It is not that easy to spread happiness, but the director Ranjith Sankar has done that without any moments of trouble. It is his success, just as it was for most of his previous movies. As the character itself is safe in the hands of Jayasurya, the feel-good factor works fine along with the inspiration that this movie provides.

So, the special addition to this post is that yesterday, December the thirteenth was the birthday of one of two main actresses in this movie, Swathy Narayanan. Even though she can’t be considered as the heroine of the film with her appearing with the flashback running strong and disappearing along with the first half of the movie, she makes a fine debut here. There are not many better movies to make a debut than a successful inspirational feel-good movie, as such flicks have special place in the minds of the viewers. With the cuteness factor heavily working in favour of her, she does her job very well as expected of her.

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An Ayurveda Doctor by profession, she is also a skilled dancer, as we could understand from her appearance during the Lunar’s Comedy Supernite program in Flowers channel. She made that episode a charming one. She has the skills, and so I would like to wish her a happy birthday even though belated, and also wish her all the success in her upcoming projects. She has only bigger heights to achieve in her career. Swathy is the lady in the last poster used in this post. All images you see here are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie and are used to support this particular post about the flick.

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Does it Really Feel Good?

There have been so many so called “feel-good” movies, and it makes one wonder if it is a title which is just used because there is nothing else could used to describe that movie. There has been too much use of that word to describe the recent movies, even the recently released Bangalore Days which actually has nothing to feel that good with even motherhood given no positive points. So many other movies have been asking for that title, or have adorned the movie like a colourless garland. Is it too easy to make some people feel good, or do they make themselves feel good by pressing a button after watching any movie?

So what does feel-good mean? Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary says it is “causing happy and positive feelings about life”, and this is where Bangalore Days completely misses out. But the fans of the movie have been wandering around forcing people to accept their opinions, as it includes fans of too many actors who are part of the multi-starrer. This has become a new device to make bad movies good – a “feel-good movie”. They said the same about Salalah Mobiles, Pattam Pole and Annayum Rasoolum, none of them having that element and are pretty much among the worst.

The poster of North 24 Kaatham (cropped from movie's official page)

The poster of North 24 Kaatham (Cropped from movie’s official page)

To this world of fake feel-good movies, North 24 Kaatham comes and proves to the audience that a true feel-good movie is not about what the fans say, and it can only be understood by the people whose eyes are not tied by the black clothing of celebrity worship. Even as movies like Immanuel, Punyalan Agarbathis and London Bridge do have a certain amount of this feel-good effect, there is nothing like the one cent percent feel-good influence that North 24 Kaatham has on the audience. The winner of Best Feature Film in Malayalam in the 2013 National Film Awards and getting the Best Actor for Fahadh Faasil in the State Film Awards, the movie is making more marks.

The movie has the protagonist going on a journey, and ends up on the road with two strangers on a harthal day with no means of transportation. Our hero is a geek and an introvert with OCD who is not liked by his colleagues. But this wonderful journey will change him in such a way that he is able to go beyond his problems. The journey is woven very nicely with significant lessons at almost every point of the tale. The other two people are also interesting ones, an older honest politician and a social worker. The aim of the journey changes to another one which involves getting the old veteran home as his wife is seriously ill.

The movie has a hero who doesn’t speak much, and the more heroic deeds are rather performed by the female protagonist. She is the smarter and the more active participant of the journey. This is a road movie, and lets not deny its role in the genre, and unlike the movies like Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, this is not a selfish one, but a powerful message to help others rather than saying that much known dialogue about one deciding his own life and how others don’t really matter. This movie from Anil Radhakrishnan Menon is also a bildungsroman, a story in which the protagonist changes or even gets better over the tale progresses.

Innovative posters by Shilpa Alexander (From movie's official FB page)

Innovative posters by Shilpa Alexander (Cropped from movie’s official FB page)

North 24 Kaatham is a movie that keeps the humanity’s hopes alive for a better tomorrow, and its message of compassion and kindness makes sure that it gives a lot for the audience to be happy about, and obviously feel good. It will play a significant role in restoring faith in humanity sooner or later as we are fed with dumb movies full of mindless violence and sex. The celebrity worshipers, the fans of the worst kind will take it over and praise those movies as greater than whatever movies are known to man, with a ten out of ten rating. There were good and sensible people among them, but where are they? Nowhere to be found in the open?

The main problem which this movie also faced was with the fan-boys and fan-girls, and this was a movie for them to dislike because of its goodness. The interesting thing is that most of them can only use abusive language or illogical excuses without watching the movie. There will be good movies and there is hope in all movie industries, but for that, the fan clubs have to learn to behave instead of abusing other movies and the makers just in the name of appreciating bad superstar movies. The procedure of expressing one’s opinion in a decent way seems to be unknown to some people. This movie could somehow rise above it, but should have had an even better response.

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