Verdict: A one-of-a-kind film with spectacular performances.
Directed by Jiyen Krishnakumar, Tiyaan – The above mentioned had a pan-India release today. The film was earlier scheduled to be released on 30th June, 2017 but due to censor rating issues, it was postponed to this week. The film starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and brother Indrajith Sukumaran in the lead role obviously had to have a grand scale release and it did.
The film begins with a voice-over by none other than Mohanlal. A very impressive start to a film, must admit. The story is based on the life of a few villagers and their fight against the army of a self-proclaimed godman called Mahashay Bhagwan played by Murali Gopy. Among the villagers is the very loved and respected Malayalee Brahmin pandit Pattabhirama Giri played by Indrajith Sukumaran. The peaceful life of the villagers and Pattabhirama Giri, whose ancestors have lived there for years, is disturbed when Mahashay Bhagwan. He is backed by his followers among who are the nation’s powerful intend to build a Mahashay Ashram on the plot owned by the villagers. The first half is a complete Indrajith and Murali Gopy show while Prithviraj’s character is just introduced.
We won’t go into the details of Prithviraj’s character but be prepared for a flashback that takes you to Mumbai where Aslan Mohammed(Prithviraj) rules. What has Aslan Mohammed got to do with Pandit Pattabhirama Giri and Mahashay Bhagwan is revealed in the second half of the film.
Watch the film to know if the godman or Pattabhirama Giri wins the battle.
The film deals with a number of socio-political issues relevant in today’s India but they could have been dealt in a much better manner. The issues like beef-ban, people’s blind faith towards godmen owing to our society’s obsession with the fear of God and how that gets exploited by men like Mahashay and the cruel caste system are all talked about in the film.
Supporting cast members of the film include Shine Tom Chacko, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Paris Laxmi, Ananya, Ravi Singh, Rahul Madhav, Padmapriya and Nakshatra Indrajith (Indrajith’s daughter). Talented actors like Suraj and Padmapriya had limited scope to perform and this was disappointing to see. Also, the characters played by Rahul Madhav and Paris Laxmi disappear instantly and no mention is made of what has happened to them.
Prithviraj as always makes you want to see him more. His dialogue delivery and action scenes are one of the best parts of the film. Indrajith delivers a splendid performance, especially in the second half.
Director Jiyen Krishnakumar makes a promising film. The story, dialogues and screenplay by Murali Gopy were good but did he manage to recreate the same magic as he did in his previous films? Absolutely!
The background score by Gopi Sunder and the cinematography by Satheesh Kurup make this film what it is, stunning. Breathtaking visuals of North India and Mumbai by Satheesh Kurup is a visual treat. Gopi Sunder works his magic yet again with the background music which included Islamic chants and shlokas being mixed together. The song The Mahashay Paean deserves a special mention for the super-powerful lyrics and music.
Overall a very well-made film with few amazing performances. However, 2hrs and 48 mins seemed a bit too long.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
If you are a true Prithviraj fan, you should definitely go for this film as the actor gives yet another spectacular performance. Also, this is a one-of-a-kind film that definitely needs to be watched this weekend.