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Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, a warrior in 16th century Kerala wants to avenge his father killed in a confrontation with Vasco da Gama and his troops and is assisted by his best friend Vavvali and warrior princess Ayesha.
Malli is a 19 year old girl, who joined a terrorist organization at a very young age after her brother was killed in the cause. Now in her young adulthood, she volunteers for a suicide assassination mission to kill a VIP in the service of her cause. With intricate preparations and seemingly firm resolve, she makes her way to the target area where the plot will be executed. However, events occur that make her question her determination to complete her mission and the very nature of the sacrifice that she is called upon to make. Written by
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This film is easily one of the best movies I have ever seen. The idea of seeing the human side of a guerilla-trained killer is amazing in itself, and the film lives up to that promise.
Ayesha Dharkar is an extremely talented actress, much more than just a pretty face. Her portrayal of Malli gives a real sense of the conflict between fatal patriotism and personal hopes, as Malli begins to question her personal beliefs for the first time in her life. Her rapid softening-up may be unrealistic, but it is still a haunting performance that causes the viewer to question, "Could I have made the same choice?".
The other characters play their purposes well, being cold (the guerilla leaders), frightened (the boy Lotus), or lonely and sympathetic (the old man Vasu). However, this is plainly Dharkar's movie.
The score is unlike any I have ever heard, mostly because of the unique Indian instrumentation and composition. It does create an incredible atmosphere of suspense, that grabs hold of the viewer and doesn't let go until the gripping conclusion.
The combination of these two elements with a well-paced script (seems neither too long nor too short) makes for an intense film with a lasting impact.
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