Nivin Pauly, Isha Talwar
Writer-director Vineeth Sreenivasan’s Thattathin Marayathu talks about an innocent love story that leaves you with a smile in the end. Not many films can boast of such a claim these days and this refreshing tale of romance turns out to be thoroughly engaging.
The story is happening in a sleepy village in Thalassery where Vinod (Nivin Pauly), an average student from a modest Hindu household falls in love with a beautiful girl named Aisha (Isha Talwar), hailing from a wealthy and influential Muslim family.
Their first real ‘meeting’ ended up literally in an accident and he was almost instantly smitten by her ample charm. Vinod and his friends try every possible way to grab her attention and to their surprise, she reciprocates the feeling, pretty easily.
Now what happens next is what the story is all about and it is told mostly with clichéd situations, melodramatic moments and smart lines but portrayed in quite a delicious way. In fact that stylish narration is the strength of the film as well. With a cute, simple storyline, which is meant to be enjoyed like of whiff of pure fresh air, the film just keeps you engaged all along, quite effectively.
Of course this one is far from perfect and at times, the events mentioned tend to defy logic as well. And the scenes towards the beginning of the second half, when the character Hamza (Bhagath Manuel) makes his entry, is a bit out of sync. But with brilliant visuals from Jomon T John, excellent music by Shaan Rahman, with a well-written script and good presentation, Vineeth takes the viewers on a romantic trail.
With a new look that makes him really handsome and younger, Nivin Pauly performs with confidence and ease. There are moments when he fumbles but this is one of the most impressive performances by a young actor during recent times, when almost the entire focus is on him.
Debutante Isha Talwar looks beautiful, but she is mainly shown through her beau’s eyes. Watch out for a brilliant show by Aju Varghese as the hero’s confidant. The rest of the cast has also come up with a nice show.
A feel good romantic film hasn’t been one of the favourite genres in Malayalam for pretty long. No surprises if Thattathin Marayathu makes you feel romantic, with its cuteness and innate honesty. Don’t miss this one!