Ishq opens with a harmless conversation of Sachi (Shane Nigam) and Vasudha (Ann sheethal) who have fallen for each other since long duration. They eventually plan for a romantic date further and which actually marks the turning point in the movie.
The plot absolutely sets for a rom-com thriller but turns out to be a drama suddenly which is more into the dark shades of the society that Malayalam movie audiences have never experienced before. Truly speaking the first half doesn’t give any clue on the second half; but turns the audience more curious, irritated on the protagonist than the antagonist than in any other rom-com subjects seen before. Moreover turning to the second half the foundation given by the first half helps a lot and while reaching the climax, people never expect such a conversation between the male and the female protagonists.
Anuraj Manohar through his first venture deserves an applause for narrating and carrying something which is socially relevant, called “moral policing” and made it a knife like indictment. But the first half of the movie had lots of lag and when two creepy strangers accost, threaten and make the entire situation under their control, both Vasudha and Sachi turns blank and doesn’t even try to move out from that. At this point the movie goes into logic-less drama but Ratheesh Ravi shifts the entire situation upside down in its second half. Climax is an actual lit in the movie.
Cinematographer have worked hard through out the movie on maintaining the mood, showcasing the light and dark sides of love, fear, insecurities, revenge, anger… The emotions are perfectly blended in his camera very well.
Scores and music by Jakes Bejoy formed the backbone of the movie. Using “Thirinjum Marinju” by Gauri Lakshmi was apt. The triumphant score at the climax was mind blowing and emphasized the actual point what the writer and director wants to say. Sounding was perfect and had done a take off with the fluctuating situations Songs.
Editing should have been better in the first half. While the director and the screenplay writer made the situations harsh; the trims would also have done something which had reduced the dragging effect in the movie.
Portraying Sachi as a hyper-masculine ass to that of a revenge taking guy was such a huge transformation for Shane Nigam from “Baby” of Kumbalangi Nights. Shine Tom Chacko was extremely well performed through out and undoubtedly this character would be a notable one through out his career. Even sometimes his performances make us remember the acting skills by Veteran actor Murali during 90s. Ann Shethal would be an assurance to Malayalam fraternity. Jaffer Idukki, Leyona Lishoy – both done their part well.
Overall verdict – A must watch movie. Ladies out there, please make sure that you people watch it out with your men/boy friend/father/brother or with your son.