After a five-year sabbatical, Martin Prakkat reaches the audience again, this time with a hard-hitting tale. Nayattu starring Kunchacko Boban, Nimisha Sajayan and Joju George in the lead roles has various emotional layers that make us think, retrospect and understand the mystery behind ‘power’ and how well it can be exploited. The story revolves around Maniyan (George), Praveen (Boban) and Sunitha (Sajayan) – three police officers who fall into the trap of power. A tiff with a notorious civilian followed by an unexpected accident and accusations make them run for their lives while the cops, media and political agendas are right behind them. Whether they survive or succumb to the false allegations is what the film discusses in detail.
From a chocolate boy to some solid roles
Our first memory of Kunchacko Boban is that chocolate boy in Aniyathipraavu who wooed people in Kerala with his charm and good looks. With multiple movies in the same genre, the actor later turned to other businesses and took a sabbatical from movies. His come-back wasn’t as exciting, but off late, Kunchacko Boban has been experimenting with roles that make us look forward to his movies even more. Nayattu is one such film where he delivers a solid performance. The helpless, powerless, confused, anxious Praveen is safe in his hands. He is, in fact, evolving as an actor, and with such solid performances, Boban is going to be an important part of Malayalam cinema for years to come.
Performances that are power packed
Besides Chackochan, Joju and Nimisha are at their best too. They make the run worth experiencing. Joju is in his absolute best with a role that probably only he could essay. He makes Maniyan memorable. Nimisha, who previously stunned us with her performance in The Great Indian Kitchen, makes sure Sunitha is relatable. She is helpless and eagerly waiting for a way out. The way she handles the character deserves an applause. Other characters including the police officer and Anil Nedumangad are good too in their limited roles. Overall, Nayattu is backed by good performances.
Various layers of emotions
Nayattu has various layers of emotions that are interconnected. While the relatively young Sunitha and Praveen are worried about their future, all that matters to Maniyan is his only daughter who he wanted to see roar high. He just could not see her suffer because of something that occurred due to his presence. He is also aware of the consequences if they are caught. He is clearly the most affected and it shows. There is also a CM who is only bothered about the election and his votes. He is ready to sacrifice his own people for the sake of power.
The story may seem simple, but it is much more layered than it appears. Exploitation of power plays a vital role in Nayattu. And Shahi Kabir has written it well while Martin Prakkat easily executes it. Shyju Khalid is famous for his stunning visuals and he does not disappoint this time either. Even though everything seems perfect, the film gets an interesting ending too, but would feel a lack of closure.
WATCH OR NOT:
Nayattu, for its solid performances and execution, deserves a watch. Except for some raw dialogues, it is enjoyable and makes you think.