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Varnyathil Aashanka review: a captivating fare

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Of late, Mollywood has been exploring the aesthetics of realistic approach. Sidharth Bharathan's Varnyathil Aashanka, which hit theaters without much hype, follows a similar pattern but tramps into a virgin terrain of realism.

Designed to simmer up as a potboiler, Sidharth Bharathan mixes the sublime and comic. In essence, the director underscores the serious aspects and soft pedals the humor in the narrative.

The story revolves around a bunch of thugs who eke out a living through misadventures. The focus is on the lives of those in the substratum, for whom making both ends meet is an arduous affair. But the pain is conveyed in a lighter, subtle manner.

Varnyathil Aashanka review: adrift but captivating Suraj Venjaramood makes merry with the character he has been assigned to and showcases a marvelous piece of performance.

The conflict is petty and bland initially, but as the plot develops, the narrative becomes captivating. The saga begins with Pratheesh (Shine Tom Chacko), a naive fraudster deciding to pickpocket. His unsuccessful bid lands him in deep trouble.

To avoid getting caught, he takes refuge at Wilson's (Chemban Vinod) abode – the place where local conmen Sivan (Kunchacko Boban) and Gilbert (Manikandan) gather to relax and reflect on their state of affairs.

The story gets plump when Sivan and Co. victimize a simpleton named Dayanandan during one of their escapades. Dayandan (Suraj Venjaramoodu) is a former bar employee, who has lost his job after the bar closure and is tired of the reproaches of his nagging wife Karthika (Rachana Narayanankutty).

Varnyathil Aashanka review: adrift but captivating Rachana Narayanankutty as Karthika in the film.

Suraj Venjaramood makes merry with the character he has been assigned to and showcases a marvelous piece of performance. Kunchako Boban too doesn't fall short of wielding a tight grip on the role of a local goon. Shine Tom Chacko, Manikandan, Chemban Vinod, Rachana Narayanankutty essay their roles perfectly well.

Varnyathil Aashanka review: adrift but captivating Shine Tom Chacko and Manikandan in the film.

Varnyathil Aashanka isn't a boisterous comedy that provides you a thorough laughter riot. But it lends you some occasions to cheer silently and heartily. As is with every filmmaker, Sidharth too staggers in the end and fails to give a good conclusion to the course of events. Had the ending been a bit more substantive, the film would have become a handsome treat.

Rating: 3/5

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