Liquor consumes Murali, somewhat than the opposite means round, as it’s with most individuals. Each waking hour is spent eager about the way in which to get his subsequent drink, with out which he simply can not operate. As soon as, he sells even his daughter’s examine desk to purchase a drink whereas one other time he’s proven consuming an entire bottle of cough syrup to get excessive. Vellam, a colloquial utilization to confer with drunkards, is that this man’s story.
Filmmaker G. Prajesh Sen, who made his debut with Captain, but once more groups up with Jayasurya for Vellam. Stated to be impressed from a real-life story, it chronicles how Murali (Jayasurya), who turns into a burden for his household, and the society round him, comes again from the brink and rebuilds his life.
Fairly just a few movies have been made on folks fighting consuming issues, most lately the Pirthviraj-starrer Paavada. A lot has been stated about it already that there’s little so as to add. Vellam additionally does not likely say something new, however tries to go a lot deeper into the difficulty, portraying the sheer helplessness of somebody desirous to recover from dependancy, and that of the folks round him. It doesn’t have any parallel narratives taking the eye away from the drunkard.
However after some extent, the scenes of a drunk Murali mendacity on the highway or having a tiff along with his household turns into repetitive. It appeared the director wished to drill within the message and make the viewer really feel the drunkard’s plight. Enhancing out a few of these would have helped in chopping down the run-time of two-and-a-half hours. If not for Jayasurya’s earnest efficiency, these components would have grow to be much more of a drag. He offers it his all as the person who can not think about life with out alcohol, even crawling on the ground and licking drops of spilt spirit. For Samyuktha Menon too, the position of Murali’s spouse offers ample scope to carry out.
A number of the scenes, just like the one involving a lacking gold ring throughout a household operate and the suspicion turning to the good-at-heart protagonist, had been paying homage to fairly just a few different ones we’ve watched earlier than. Sequences like these appeared to be simply there to take advantage of some emotion. Whether or not because of the compulsions to stay to the real-life story or a reluctance to stray into uncharted territory, there may be nothing out of the field right here. The movie stays afloat strictly on the power of Jayasurya’s efficiency.
Starring: Jayasurya, Samyuktha Menon
Course: G. Prajesh Sen