Love does not conquer all: it ends and begins again, in different forms. An alluring visual romance, Ranjith Sankar’s Ramante Edenthottam delves into this certitude.
But blame it on the unsullied beauty of the movie’s pastoral scenes, the rollicking landscape sometimes makes the plot seem secondary.
Trapped in the tall walls of an arranged marriage set-up, Malini (Anu Sitara), is struggling to cope with her haughty, self-centered, film producer husband Elvis (Joju George). But soon, the general air of discontent in Malini’s life is wiped out, courtesy of Ram Menon (Kunchacko Boban), whom she meets on a family trip to his resort in Wagamon.
A widower, Ram develops mini forests in city spaces, on demand. Malini falls in love with the wilderness, unpredictability and freedom in Ram's life and visions.
The duo develops a quick friendship, which apparently helps Malini brush up her passion in classical dance and start a dance school.
Eventually, Malini starts dreaming high and pushes the envelope. She unchains the shackles of her unhappy marriage for good and starts ‘living’. Much like the movie says, 'people meet and get detached, all for some reason.'
The director has bravely tread an unused path by getting rid of a complicated romance that ends up in marriage and the clichéd 'happily ever after' placard.
The film starts with tensions in family, tries to get to the bottom of the ego issues between the couple with clarity and justice, brings in peace with a friendly divorce and shows how happiness flutter in the spirit of a newly-single woman as she wings her way into a sky of limitless dreams.
The movie would indeed be a landmark in the career of Joju George, who has already proved his talent as a supporting actor in several movies. His strength in character presentation and full-fledged screen presence in Ramante Edenthottam is sure to take him to the very next level in his acting career.
Anu Sitara, who often becomes one with the character, plays Malini with grace and glory. Muthumani, Sreejith Ravi, Aju Varghese and Ramesh Pisharody have also done justice to their roles. The movie also shines spotlight on the lives of city-bred, busy individuals who are trapped in unhappy relationships.
Just like Ordinary movie made Gavi extra-ordinary, Ramante Edenthottam is bound to make Wagamon one of the most preferred destination among tourists.
Madhu Neelakantan's cinematography is worth mentioning as it effectively teleports the audience to a sprawling resort in Wagamon, where birds chirp, guard-dogs bark and crickets rustle close to your ears.
A holistic artwork, which offers new wings to those who somehow forgot to fly by themselves, the movie asserts that true love happens and ends to save your destiny, which is ultimately dreamt, crafted and cherished – all by yourself.