And The Oskar Goes To: Film Review – An Honest Portrayal of Real Life

Verdict: Tovino Thomas’ performance is an endearing watch.

Written and directed by Salim Ahamed, And The Oskar Goes To features an ensemble cast of Tovino Thomas, Salim Kumar, Sreenivasan, Lal, Siddique, Anu Sithara, Vijayaraghavan, and Appani Sarath. The film also has a very talented technical crew that includes Madhu Ambat for cinematography, Bijibal for music, Resul Pookutty for sound designing, and Vijai Shankar for editing. And The Oskar Goes To is the story of a struggling filmmaker who manages to make a critically acclaimed film, which is selected as the official entry from India for the Oscars.

What’s And The Oskar Goes To About:

Issak Ebrahem (Tovino Thomas), after years of struggle to make his own movie, finally decides to direct and produce it himself. Production is not as easy as it seems and he has to go through even more emotional and financial struggles. He ropes in actor Aravindan (Sreenivasan) who is very understanding of his desires, while his cinematographer (Lal) also believes in his project and becomes one of his well-wishers. He is constantly supported by his family and friends, especially Chithra (Anu Sithara) who even helps him financially. The plot of his movie titled Minnaminungukalude Aakasham is inspired by the real-life incidents of his neighbor Abooka (Salim Kumar), who eventually becomes his pillar of support. The film bags awards nationally making it the talk of the town. Ultimately, it becomes the official entry from India for the Oscars. Issak is all set to fly to America, which brings him more adventure and struggle. Does he overcome the hardships? Would his movie get nominated and eventually win the prestigious award? Watch And The Oskar Goes To to find out.

What Works:

Director Salim Ahamed aims to reflect the struggles a newcomer in the film industry and he pulls it off well. Tovino’s Issak speaks through his eyes and that is beautiful. You expect him to break down many times but he spreads a smile that speaks a thousand words. Anu Sithara is apt as Chithra, while Sreenivasan and Siddique are really good. Salim Kumar is amazing with relevant dialogues and expressions and you would want to have more of him in the movie. Nikki Rae Hallow as Issak’s PR is good too. The dialogues throughout are appropriate, sometimes passing right through your heart. The film scores on the technical side as well – the visuals are fantastic, all thanks to Madhu Ambat. Resul Pookutty’s sound designing, as well as Bijipal’s background score, are the highlights of the film.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The film is slow paced and that is quite evident in the second half; it gets too dragged towards the end. Tovino is good but misses the mark in the emotional scenes. The songs are nice but easily forgettable. The film also gets edgy in the second half.

Why You Should Watch:

And the Oskar Goes To is for all the aspiring movie makers and struggling actors because this is your story. You can easily relate to Issak and his helplessness. The film is different from the usual stints and deserves a watch.

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