Balyakalasakhi is considered as the masterpiece of Mohammed Basheer; a romantic tragedy novel, which revolved around Majeed and Suhra. Mammootty too took up a big challenge by giving life to two characters in the movie, Majeed and his father.
The director Pramod Payyanur deserves nothing less than a standing ovation for his efforts to visualize one of the greatest literary works of a legendry writer Vaikkom Mohammed Basheer. Those, who gets in to theatre to enjoy the beauty of a Kerala backdrop will have to appreciate the Director’s efforts that he has chosen Kolkata as the major location for his dream project. And still he was able to create the same environment or even better of what we get from the Novel.
Balyakalasakhi Movie Story
Balyakalasakhi is a pure love story revolving around Majeed (Mammootty) and Suhra (Isha Talwar) which begins from their childhood. The movie begins with Majeed searching a job in Kolkata. He loses his money and bag on the way, but is helped by Selvi (Seema Biswas) , who introduces him to Ameen Sahib (Sasikumar). Ameen Sahib gives Majeed a job in his press. Majeed meets Shabnam (Thanusree Ghosh) , daughter of Ameen Sahib and Praful (Preim Sheikh), a rebel and a writer. Rest of the story deals with the flashback of the love story between Majeed and Suhra and how and where life takes them.
Mammootty, in his double role of Majeed and his father is the pick among many. He has enacted the character of Majeed to near perfection. Isha Talwar as Suhra has improved much from her earlier films and has come out good. Rest of the cast including Seema Biswas, Sasikumar, Thanusree Ghosh, Meena (Majeed’s mother), Preim Sheikh, Sunil Sukhada (Avaraan), Kavitha Nair (Suhra’s mom), Mamukkoya (Narayana Pilla) have done full justice to their roles. Also special mention goes to Parambrata Chatterjee and other young and child artists.
Cinematography by Hari Nair is near flawless. He has captured the scenic beauty of the village and the streets of Kolkata with much brilliance. Songs compositions by Raghavan master, G Devarajan and Shahabaz Aman. It was also a highlight that Raghavan master’s last song happened to be in this movie. Bijibal’s BGM was mesmerizing as well. All songs, especially Thamarapponkavanathil and Kalam Parakkanu are sure to live long in the mind of music lovers. For the cinematic version, Pramod Payyannur have done a lot of compromise. The first half which leaves us spellbound doesn’t have that charm in the second half. Though the movie was said to be for 120 minutes, it has further been cut short. Editing also seems bit faltered as many sequences have been unexpectedly cut short. Still, Pramod Payyannur can be proud of making such a good movie of such a heart warming love story written by a legend.
Starring: Mammootty, Isha Talwar, Meena, Seema Biswas, KPAC Lalitha, Mamukkoya
Language: MalayalamGenre: Drama / Romance
Director: Pramod Payyannur
Music Director: Isaac Thomas, Kottukapally
Our Review Score : 3/5