The telling trailers and reports about 'Varsham', scripted and directed by Ranjith Sankar, has left little to surmise. Yet, as a cinematic portrayal of a family surviving an irreparable loss and the subsequent struggle to stay afloat, it has been brilliantly executed.
Set in the backdrop of a middle class household, the plot traverses through an engaging terrain, candidly navigating through filial concerns, family bonds and turbulence.
The plot espouses peace but meanders amid feeble sequences intended to carry forth homely warmth, disputes as well as petty friction in the backdrop of a residence association. The comic scenes evoke anything but laughter.
The independent and disjointed chain of trivial events make way for the emotional drama, the movie leaps into a higher plain only to languish there. Many scenes are tearjerkers, but they lend an aura of substance as no other film in the immediate past has been able to. Sensibly orchestrated, these portrayals are captivating, deeply moving, rich and original.
P. K. Venugopal (Mammotty), a small time financier in town, likes to deploy all vices to rake in the booty. He has an easy trajectory in life with his nagging but comely wife Nandini (Asha Sarath) and son Anand (Prajwal Prasad). Struck by the tragic demise of his son, Venugopal loses all the hope. But he emerges a winner with the support of a few near and dear ones. And the tale begins with Venugopal pitted against other contestants for Manorama News Newsmaker of the year Award.
We see Mammotty again in all the hues and colours we’ve ever loved to see. He has executed each of the scenes with immense subtlety and regales the audience with his immaculate finesse in acting. Supporting him exceedingly well there is a long line of actors starting with a brilliant piece of performance by Asha Sarath.
Hareesh Peradi as Venugopal’s elder brother, Sajitha Madathil as Omana, Irshad as Mohanan, Mamta Mohandas as Jayasree, T. G. Ravi as Peter and Master Nabeesh as Anand have all been spot on. Sunil Sukhada, Shivaji Guruvayur, Saryu, Govind Padmasurya and Sudheer Karamana have also done their bit.
Nevertheless, it has to be admitted that the peripherals hung on a weak plank and the groundwork extended to stage the final conflict was soggy and lacked vigour. There rationale behind backlashes in paying back Venugopal’s detractors had more fumes and less fire. Another dampener was felt in logical discordance behind the casual approach when a person denies treatment after he is diagnosed with terminal illness and is let to wander at his free will. Yet, these minor glitches can never rob the film's finesse.
The songs and background score by Bijibal are delightful. Excellent camera work by Manoj Pillai adds to the grace of the film.
Basking in the radiance of a brilliant performance by Mammootty and a range of actors, the film stands out as an exceptional work by Ranjith Sankar.