Verdict: Edakkad Battalion 06 beautifully portrays an army officer’s life back in his village.
Edakkad Battalion has been directed by Swapnesh K Nair and features Tovino Thomas in the lead, supported by Samyuktha Menon, Rekha, P Balachandran, Joy Mathew, Shalu Rahim and Sudheesh in pivotal roles. The film has been written by P Balachandran, produced by Dr. Sreekanth Bhasi, Tomas Joseph Pattathanam and Jayant Mammen under the banner Ruby Films. It narrates the story of an Army Officer, his personal life and his relationship with his friends, family, and villagers.
What’s Edakkad Battalion About:
Shafeeq Mohammed (Tovino Thomas) is an Army officer posted in Kashmir. He visits his village Edakkad in Kozhikode for a vacation. Generally, everyone in the village loves him for his personality and good deeds, except for a few youngsters who he already had problems with. A certain incident in the life of someone close to him leads him to these youngsters, who are involved in selling and usage of drugs. Shafeeq locks horns with them again, making them hate him even more. They decide to destroy his life. What happens next becomes the crux of the movie.
Tovino looks fab as an Army officer and gives a good performance in Edakkad Battalion 06. Samyuktha Menon looks gorgeous and has done her part well. All the other actors including Rekha, P Balachandran, and Joy Mathew have done justice to their roles. Kailas Menon’s music is really good, especially the song Nee Himamazhayayi, which is already a hit. Sinu Sidharth’s cinematography is yet another highlight as he captures the beauty of Kashmir really well. P Balachandran’s writing focuses on the life of an Army officer outside his profession and his relationships in a very convincing way. The plot twist in the climax makes you really emotional.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Firstly, the writing isn’t lucid enough. When the movie discusses drugs and the dangers they create, you expect the protagonist to go further and find the source or try eradicating the problem but that issue just goes unattended. The drug issue, in fact, isn’t taken seriously and becomes a one-on-one affair, which is sort of a letdown. The plot is an interesting one, the makers could have given some more attention to details. The movie is a good watch, however.
Why You Should Watch:
Edakkad Battalion 06 is a very interesting watch with some really good scenes and moments. It has good performances and pays a moving tribute to Army officers and is definitely worth your time.