Verdict: Picturesque locales, soul-stirring music, and sincere performances make My Story a treat.
Romance is a genre that has takers any day and one of the year’s much-awaited release, My Story does not disappoint. The movie was helmed by the costume designer-turned-director Roshni Dinaker, who has been part of the Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu film industries for over a decade now. The flick has been in the news for its lead pair, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Parvathy, who are making an appearance after the award-winning Ennu Ninte Moideen. Written by Shanker Ramakrishnan, the movie has been produced by Dinaker O.V. and Roshni Dinaker. The cinematography has been done by Dudley, who filmed Chennai Express, and the sound has been done by Bishwadeep Chatterjee. Shaan Rahman has produced some bewitching melodies. The movie also features Ganesh Venkatraman, Manoj K. Jayan, Nandu, and Maniyanpilla Raju in prominent roles.
What’s My Story all about:
With the dream and a strong resolve to make it big in the film industry, Jay (Prithviraj) meets director Williams (Manoj K. Jayan), who offers him his first role. He plays the lead alongside Tara (Parvathy), an established actress and a diva of her times. Soon it is learned that Tara, forced by her father Vishwan (Maniyanpilla Raju), is engaged to producer David Eapen (Ganesh Venkatraman). Trapped in a relationship she does not want and the expectations of her profession, Tara struggles with life and reality. Jay walks in as a breath of fresh air and Tara thinks he is her ticket to a new life. They try to elope but their ill-fated relationship does not have a fairytale ending. 20 years later, Jay embarks on a journey to tell his story.
Flowers, cobbled stones, narrow passages, long-winding roads—the movie is a treat to the eye. Beautifully shot across locations in Europe, every frame is picture perfect. The costumes, designed by the director, are a beautiful deviation from the usual ones we see in Malayalam movies. Parvathy does an exceptional job as Tara by adding immense depth to her character. Prithviraj plays his part well, especially as the goofy beginner and then as a seasoned actor. Ganesh justifies the role given to him as the anti-hero. Manoj K. Jayan and Maniyanpilla Raju do their small, yet crucial roles, decently. The highlight of the movie is the Shaan Rahman’s music. Benny Dayal’s Pathungi and Harib Husain’s Aaranu Nee deserves special mention. It also features a good cameo.
What could have been better:
The script and the editing could have been tighter. Though the movie does seem predictable in parts, it is definitely worth your time.
Why you should watch this movie:
My Story celebrates romance and brings forth the best in the cast and crew. My Story is a light and breezy movie that makes for a decent watch.