Verdict: Mammootty is in his element in the performance-oriented role as Sakhavu Alex.
Helmed by the debutant director Sharath Sandith, Parole is a political drama starring Mammootty. Based on a true story, the movie has been penned by Ajith Poojappura and has Iniya, Miya George, Suraj Venjaramood, Siddique and Prabhakar of Baahubali fame in key roles. The flick is produced by Anthony D’Cruz, under the banner Anthony D’Cruz Entertainment. The music has been composed by Sharreth for the lines of Rafeeq Ahamed.
What’s the movie all about
Alex (Mammootty), a do-gooder and firebrand leader of the Communist Party in Adivaram, lands in jail after a series of events lead to his wife, Annie’s (Iniya), death. His life revolves around his step-sister Kathreena (Miya), who is stuck in a bad marriage with Varghese (Suraj Venjaramood). After being imprisoned for eight years, Alex is out on parole for 14 days. He becomes a key witness to a crime, and how he solves the mystery completes the movie.
As much as we love his macho avatar, it is refreshing to see Mammootty in a performance-oriented role after a long time. Though the first 40 minutes of the movie does have its share of high flying, death-defying stunt sequences, the movie is more or less rooted. Alex’s pain—when his son does not answer his calls from prison or his sorrow when he is unable to meet his sister one last time—give glimpses of the character actor we love. The movie has its dose of action and romance. Miya and Iniya do ample justice to their roles. Siddique proves mettle yet again as Alex’s friend Abdu and Suraj is convincing as the irresponsible husband. Set in Adivaram, the frames are picture perfect. The music by Sharreth is soulful, especially the song Lal Salaam and the Arabic number Eeya Kanaubudu. Suresh Thampannoor’s song, Parole Kaalam, is peppy. Prabhakar plays a minor role as inmate Bullet Raghavan, along with Sudheer Karamana. There is an attempt to soften the image given to prison inmates and jailors by bringing forth their stories.
What could have been better
The first half of the movie essentially justifies why Alex is in jail, which dampens the flow of the movie. A few snips throughout the movie would not have hurt.
Why you should watch this movie
Parole is a pleasant departure from the usual dose of mass entertainers Mammootty has been doing for a while now. With its share of good music and a decent script, the movie definitely makes for a good weekend watch.
– By Jan Varghese