'Don't stand in the dark, come out,' says a voice to which another replies, 'It is not me who is in the dark, but you' and the theater is filled with cheering. And the cheering doesn't end there, it continues till the time the red flag is raised.
After watching Nivin Pauly's dual get-up in Sakhavu movie trailer one can easily make a few assumptions on how comrade Krishnakumar and comrade Krishnan will be related. And after watching the movie, one will get to know that the only thing which relates them is the ideology of communism.
After a series of credits, the movie Sakhavu opens quickly with comrade Krishna Kumar aka Kichu as lovingly called by his aide Mahesh, played by Althaf. It takes a while for writer-director Sidhartha Siva to establish Krishna Kumar's actual self to the viewers as he briefs about his ten political ideologies to Mahesh. Selfish, crooked, yearning for positions, showing off social work, irritating others and doing good only to those whom he needs best define Krishna Kumar's basic character. But one fine morning, comes a phone call that asks him to go to a hospital and donate blood. The story thus develops in that particular day, the day that he gets to meet quite a lot strangers, the day that he learns to know why so many people adore comrade Krishnan, the day he patiently listens to the story of a high-spirited comrade, a day that he realizes that there's a communism beyond fists raised to convey angst, a day that literally changes his attitude to life and politics.
Sidhartha Siva's writing is flavorful and funny which show there is much research behind the characterization of both Krishnan and Krishnakumar. While some dialogues make us laugh, they also evoke the spirit of communism. When Krishnan is asked about his surname, he answers that if one wants to know his caste or religion then it's not in the surname but in the first name - comrade (another round of thunderous applause). Although it takes a while to set into the mood of the movie, Sidhartha Siva presents a neat package. The movie lags a bit here and there, but the punch dialogues by Nivin Pauly are indeed a booster.
One thing that might surprise is Nivin Pauly's third look in Sakhavu. As an artiste, Nivin has improved a lot on his working style. All three different looks are carried with ease by the star and he is pleasing enough. Equally impressive is Aishwarya Rajesh, who has done a very different role this time around. As comrade Janaki and the old-aged lady, she balances her role very well. If young Janaki has a zeal to work with Krishnan and love him because of his ideologies, the aged Janaki is tired and weak waiting for her husband to get well. While Aparna Gopinath could have been used more, Gayathri Suresh has nothing much to offer. Santhosh Keezhattoor, Musthafa, Sudheesh, Kalabhavan Rahman, Aliyar justify their roles. After his debut in Premam, Althaf does an extended cameo in Sakhavu and fits well into the role of a weird-yet-funny guy. Music composer Sooraj S. Kurup makes his acting debut with a small role and looks perfect as a comrade.
After making a splash with Angamaly Diaries, Prashanth Pillai once again offers some fine BGMs and songs that gel well with the mood of the movie. Cinematographer George C. Williams too comes up with quite a few beautiful frames.
Sakhavu is a perfect entertainer with all elements of comedy and sentiments. And one can indeed keep this good soul inspirational comrade in heart.