Verdict: This simple and earnest story wins the heart.

In times when filmmaking has evolved to accommodate different styles of storytelling, Shubharathri stands out. It is an honest and earnest attempt to portray the story of a man who believed in being humane. Written and directed by Vyasan K.P. and produced by Abraham Mathew, Shubharathri has Siddique in the lead. The movie also stars Dileep, Anu Sithara, Sai Kumar, Nadirsha, Shanti Krishna and Nedumudi Venu. The movie has a long list of prominent actors in minor roles too. The music is handled by Bijibal and Alby is the cinematographer for Shubharathri.

What’s Shubharathri About:

Mohammed (Siddique) is all set to embark on his Hajj. A devout Muslim, he asks repentance from all those whom he has wronged before going for the pilgrimage. Festivities are in order as his family and friends wish him well for his journey to the holy place. On the night before his journey, Krishnan (Dileep) comes into his life, bringing in chaos and trouble and a possible hindrance to his Hajj.

What Works:

Siddique has been proving his versatility in all his recent films and Shubharathri is another feather in his cap. In the first half of the movie, Mohammed wins the audience with his sincere and generous approach to the people around him. Siddique has put forth an excellent performance and the Mohammed couldn’t have been portrayed better by anyone else. The movie thrives on the essence of family and pays ample attention to being part of a community. Dileep’s entrance amps the pace of the movie. Indrans as Mohammed’s friend makes a strong impact. Although his screen time is short, he manages to rein in the audience’s feelings. Anu Sithara has put up a sincere performance as Krishnan’s wife. The movie has a lot of minor roles that add to the appeal of the movie.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The movie is based on a person who lived in the 1950s and comes with the baggage of being true to the person’s life events. The lag in certain portions can be unpalatable at times. There are certain issues like #metoo discussed in the movie. These to do not add to the story, but take a preachy tone.

Why You Should Watch:

Shubharathri is a simple feel-good movie that emphasizes on the need to be humane and kind. Siddique has done a phenomenal job. An ideal watch with the family!

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