Verdict: With its quota of impeccable stunts and drama, Pranav Mohanlal’s launch vehicle is a treat.

Being a celeb kid, and that too one of someone like Mohanlal, comes with its baggage. But Aadhi, which marks the debut of Pranav Mohanlal after his stint as a child artiste, is one that has you holding on to your seat for its action sequences and drama. Directed by Jeethu Joseph and produced under the banner of Aashirwad Cinemas, Aadhi has biggies like Siddique, Anusree, Lena, Meghanathan, Sharafudheen, Aditi Ravi, Jagapathi Babu, Siju Wilson and Sijoy Varghese in the lead. 

What’s Aadhi About:

The movie follows your average dreamer Aadhithya Mohan through his attempts to make it big in the music industry. He is supported by his parents and friends who let him believe that success is just a step away. An unexpected turn of events leading to the murder of a bigwig’s son land him in trouble and the thriller comes to life with Pranav’s parkour skills and a tight storyline. How his friends risk all to protect him and prove his innocence complete the movie.

What works:

The initial part of the movie pays ample tribute to Mohanlal. The movie has its share of everything from Rolls Royce, tear-jerking moments, witty dialogues and good music. Pranav plays the part of the guitar-playing lovable mamma’s boy really well. Though the movie is packed with stunts that make you gasp and cheer, it is all been kept realistic. There are no bullets flying and no one standing in a cloud of dust. Pranav’s stunts, justified by his training in parkour, stand as the highlight of the movie. While Siddique and Lena essay the role of Pranav’s parents with ease, Sharafudeen and Meghanathan play his friends. Anusree does a commendable job as Jaya, the one who lets the troubled lad into her home.  After Pranav, it is Anusree who is most convincing in her role, thanks to her natural onscreen presence and witty dialogues. After Daddy Girija, Jagapathi Babu shines as Narayan Reddy. Sijoy Varghese plays the villain’s ‘trusted’ sidekick and Siju Wilson dons the calculating bad man’s cape in style. The melodies by Anil Johnson are soothing and beautiful.

What could have been better:

The first 30 minutes of the movie seems a bit slow and sketchy in parts, in contrast to the rest of the movie which is packed with exciting twists. 

Why you should watch this movie:

Action is a tricky genre when it comes to Indian cinema. But Aadhi checks all the right boxes for its faultless action sequences. Jeethu Joseph’s craft and Pranav’s dedication to the technique have ensured a good movie. As a footnote, do not hashtag the movie as Lalettan’s son’s film but watch it for the craft and hard work of Malayalam’s cinema’s new heartthrob, Pranav. Catch this movie in the theatres near you.

– Written by Jan Mary Varghese