We have watched, read, and virtually experienced crimes that are driven by greed, and Joji is the new addition to that genre. Starring Fahadh Faasil in the titular role, Joji is written by Syam Pushkaran and directed by Dileesh Pothan. With this one, Dileesh scores a hat-trick as a filmmaker in Malayalam Cinema. Interestingly, his previous outings also featured Fahadh Faasil and both were critically acclaimed films. Joji with its content and making follow the lead as well.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Joji revolves around Panachel family. Kuttappan Panachel (Sunny PN) is a wealthy planter with three sons and a grandson. His eldest son Jomon (Baburaj) is an alcoholic, Jaison (Joji Mundakayam) his middle son takes care of the plantation and the youngest Joji (Fahadh Faasil) is a jobless guy. The entire family fears and respects Kuttappan though all of them except Jomon want a share from the family and start a life on their own. When Kuttappan faces a stroke, this need becomes greed and they start hoping that he dies. Joji who is a brat takes a step ahead and starts doing crimes for his benefit. How far he goes and how it all ends up is the crux of the film.
Greed can be fatal, Joji proves
Greed is the backbone of the plot. If Joji wasn’t greedy enough, he wouldn’t have committed the crimes nor would he end up in tragic reality. While Jaison and Bincy (Unnimaya Prasad) also want an escape from Kuttappan’s dominating behavior and wish he was dead, they do not go out of their way. Maybe, Bincy does, being a silent spectator of what Joji has done, but that’s about it. Joji is an excellent example of how greed could take lives.
What brilliant storytelling!
Joji looks simple with a setting that is far away from the chaos of the city life, amidst greenery but the efforts to make it look that simply must be appreciated. Shyju Khalid’s cinematography and Justin Varghese’s background score deserve special appreciation. From wider angles, to close-ups, Shyju makes it look stunning and simple at the same time. Justin’s BGM theme rings in your head even after you finish watching the film. Dileesh Pothan has made yet another simple yet convincing film, this time about crime with little violence and bloodshed. On the whole, Joji is a brilliant watch.
We are in awe of Fahadh Faasil’s craft
What stands apart in Joji is the performances. The film has very few prominent roles and all of them, including Shammi Thilakan, Basil Joseph and Unnimaya Prasad are fabulous in delivering good performances. Fahadh Faasil as usual is spectacular and gives life to Joji effortlessly. Special mention and applause go to Baburaj who gets a meaty role and makes Jomon worth remembering.
WATCH OR NOT
Joji is definitely a MUST watch film. Be it for the performances, Syam Pushkaran’s writing, or Dileesh Pothan’s making, Joji is a class apart and can be easily considered an instant classic.