'Evidey' movie review: keeping one guessing

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On the surface, 'Evidey' is a suspense thriller about a woman's search for her missing husband but going within the core, 'Evidey' attempts to bring to light a sensitive societal issue.

While the story of Evidey is by Bobby and Sanjay, the screenplay and dialogues are by Krishnan C. Just like the title of the movie hints, 'Evidey' is about knowing where one of the pivotal characters is.

The film revolves around the family of a musician named Symphony Zakaria (Manoj K Jayan). Zakaria has the habit of going for performances at several places and keep his wife (Asha Sarath) updated through his letters. On a particular occasion, his letter does not come and the family suspects something fishy. Zakaria's wife and son (Shebin Benson) lodge a complaint with the police and surprisingly the very next day they get a letter. In a twist, Zakaria's wife happens to find out that the letter was not written by her husband and she along with Zakaria's father (Prem Prakash) venture out to join the missing links.

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The way the plot develops is interesting and keeps the audience hooked. Usually thrillers have a specific manner which barely give importance to the socio-political setting, but here the plot has varying layers to play with. Take for instance, the relationships that one needs in life or friendships that can spoil life and even the parents inspiring kids leading to a much bigger situation. It also brings in hues with Sooraj Venjaramood's character, who enters the space effortlessly.

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Asha Sarath stands out as a bold and decisive mother and wife. She is firm and fierce yet vulnerable, playful and charming. Evidey will be a big break for actor Shebin Benson who takes forward the movie to the climax sequences. Prem Prakash, Baiju, Manoj K Jayan all come up with remarkable performances.

It is these actors who help us tide over the faults in the screenplay. Every time as we are left with questions, the heartfelt performances come in convincingly. But the treatment may seem to be one like a daily TV soap stretching it as a melodrama at some portions.

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K K Rajeev's stamp of old school filmmaking is visible along with Ouseppachan's songs. But it's the placement of the songs that hindered the flow of a thriller. It's refreshing to see the frames by Noushad Shereef as well.

Evidey is officially the first project from Holiday Movies, a coming together of three legendary film-makers- Joy Thomas (Jubilee Productions), Prem Prakash ( Prakash Movietone) and Thommikunju ( Maruthi Pictures).

The film delivers on its promise – one with a simple, short and powerful message that keeps you guessing until the end.

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