Verdict – A film that should not be missed at any cost.
In times when there is a lot of hue and cry for equal rights for women, a film that portrays women as a hero is a step in the right direction. Take Off is a film directed by debutante director Mahesh Narayanan who has previously worked as an editor in movies like Vishwaroopam (2013), Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015), How Old Are You? (2014) and many others. The lead roles are played by Parvathy, Kunchacko Boban, and Fahadh Faasil.
The story of the film is based on the 2014 rescue operation of Indian nurses stuck in Iraq during the ISIS invasion of various parts of the country. The protagonist of the film is Sameera (Parvathy), a 31-year-old woman who, like many nurses in Kerala, takes the decision of going abroad for a job that pays her much better than what is paid in our country. This decision lands her in Iraq, which soon turns into a war-zone due to a civil war. How she and her colleagues do everything possible to escape this war-torn country is what the film is all about.
The major chunk of the first part deals with Sameera’s life and her troubles at home. We get to see a woman who is left with no choice but to take up a job as a nurse in Iraq with the dream of ending all of her hardships. Yes, the film is about the rescue operation but without the first half focusing on the story of Sameera, the audience would not have had an emotional connect that was necessary to keep the audience engaged with the second half, which primarily focusses on the rescue mission. Parvathy, as Sameera, gives us a crackling performance and Kunchacko Boban as Shaheed who is also a nurse delivers an impressive performance. The second part of the film begins with the ISIS invasion of major parts of Iraq like Mosul leaving Sameera, Shaheed and the rest of their colleagues in a crisis situation with no help in sight. This is exactly when Fahadh Faasil’s character Manoj is introduced as the Indian ambassador in Iraq, who plays a major role in helping the nurses. How Manoj plans to rescue Sameera, Shaheed and the other nurses is what the second part revolves around.
Director Mahesh Narayanan does a splendid job in engaging the audiences with a brilliant story that was executed real well. The music led by Gopi Sunder and Shaan Rahman is perfect and fits in with the mood of the film. The visuals captured by Sanu Vargese are outstanding. This film is a major success not only because of the direction, story and the various other technical aspects like cinematography and music but also because of the incredible performances by the star cast. With every film she signs, Parvathy keeps proving herself and it is an absolute pleasure to watch the actress grow into a fine artist. Fahadh Faasil, who we see on the big screen after a gap of one year (the last movie he did was Maheshinte Prathikaram), gives us an extraordinary performance. Other supporting casts like Asif Ali, Alencier Ley and the rest deliver a commendable performance.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Of course, for the performances. By the end of the film, you will not be disappointed with any of the cast performance, they all had apt roles and delivered perfectly.