A Torchbearer for Mollywood
87%Overall Score

Streaming now on Zee5

Written and directed by Geetu Mohandas, the much-awaited film Moothon was screened at MAMI last year as the opening film, and released in the South a month later. After some delay in the online release, Moothon was finally snatched by Zee5, where it released today. The film revolves around Mulla, a young teen from the island of Lakshadweep who longs to meet Akbar, the elder brother, who ran away to Mumbai years ago. While some say he ran away because of a broken heart, no one really knows the truth. Mulla sets out on a solo journey via sea to Mumbai in search of Akbar. In Mumbai, no one understands Mulla and the teen is sent to a children’s home, where we meet Raju whose mother Rosy is a sex worker in Kamathipura. One day, Mulla escapes the children’s home and goes in search of Rosy (Sobhita Dhulipala), when Bhai (Nivin Pauly), the local gangster and his aide Salim (Shashank Arora) kidnap the teen. Bhai is a heroin-addicted child-trafficker with a past that still haunts him. What changed Bhai into a cruel monster? Will Mulla find Akbar? Geetu Mohandas answers these questions and more, wonderfully.

Nivin Pauly’s New Side

Nivin Pauly has been handed his career’s best role so far. The actor smoothly transitions from a dreaded gangster to an ordinary young man in his past life. His performance in Moothon makes one wonder whether any other actor could have done justice to the character as he did.

Fantastic Performances

Roshan Matthew plays Aamir, a deaf and mute young man, who provides a sense of calm at a time when the narrative gets loud and gory. His eyes emote better than spoken words. The child actor who plays the role of Mulla is simply amazing. Mulla’s face will stay with you even after the film is over. We would have loved to see more of Vipin Sharma‘s talents on screen but he gets the opportunity to shine only in his blink-and-miss role.

Top Work by Crew

Rajeev Ravi’s camera beautifully captures the already known parts of Mumbai. Geetu Mohandas beautifully blends two tales that are so different from each other and keeps you invested in it throughout.

Some clichés

Sobhita plays the stereotyped Kamathipura prostitute we have time and again seen in Indian cinema. Her role had much scope but seems like only the surface was scratched.

WATCH OR NOT: 
Moothon is a torchbearer for Malayalam cinema. The film will leave you stunned and in awe of what Mollywood has achieved. If you love Nivin Pauly for the incredible artist that he is, you simply cannot miss the film. Geetu Mohandas’ Moothon is a movie that the Malayalam film industry should be proud of.

Director: Geetu Mohandas
Writer: Geetu Mohandas
Cast: Nivin Pauly, Sobhita Dhulipala, Roshan Mathew, Dileesh Pothan, Shashank Arora
Language: Malayalam, Hindi
Streaming on: Zee5

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