Verdict: Mohanlal dons a new avatar in this nail-biting adventure
The actor has done it again. Mohanlal was never known to shy from roles that test the limits and Neerali is no exception. Directed by Ajoy Varma, who has edited and directed many Bollywood flicks, Neerali is impeccably shot by Santosh Thundiyil. Produced by Santhosh T. Kuruvilla under the banner Moonshot Entertainments, the movie has been edited by the director himself and Sajit Unnikrishnan. The flick has many technicians from Bollywood to its credit. Scripted by Saju Thomas, the music is by Stephen Devassy. The movie also has Suraj Venjaramoodu, Nadhiya Moidu, Parvathy Nair and Dileesh Pothan in the lead.
What’s Neerali about:
Gemologist Sunny George (Mohanlal) embarks on a road trip from Bangalore to Calicut chauffeured by Veerappan (Suraj Venjaramood) to meet his wife Mollykutty (Nadiya Moidu). Mollykutty is at the hospital getting ready to give birth to the couple’s twins. Sunny has a misunderstanding with his colleague at work, Naina (Parvatii Nair), who feels cheated at the end of a one-sided office romance. Long winding roads through dense forests and checkpoints later, they get into an accident, which leaves them seesawing at the edge of a cliff.
After Villain, where he looked dapper with his salt-and-pepper beard, Neerali brings to screen a fresh-faced Mohanlal, who has undergone a huge transformation in terms of looks. The action is perfectly believable. There are no macho moves. Sunny is just an average guy who is scared of heights. Everything from hallucinations to wild animals to charge on their phones bothers them. Though he hardly moves a muscle for most of the scenes, the tension and the drama comes through. A sub-plot involving Dileesh Pothan adds weight to the thriller. The graphics during the credits are great. The songs Neerali Pidutham by Vijay Yesudas, Kannanne by M. G. Sreekumar and Azhake Azhake sung by Mohanlal himself are good. Actors Nassar and Megha Mathew have decent cameos.
What could have been better:
The movie has a clumsy start that picks up once they are on the road. We would’ve loved for a talented actor like Nadiya Moidu to have a meatier role.
Why you should watch:
It is a Mohanlal movie through and through. This is easily one of the better thrillers made in recent times and one you should not miss. Book for Neerali this weekend for an entertaining watch.