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Rajesh R Pillai with is his second film in malayalam industry after his debut film hridayathil sookshikkan has given something memorable to the audience of Kerala. Though the film has strong similarities to many other Hollywood films, we cannot say that it is a copy. The film is set on a usual urban day at Kochi. We have 4 parallel stories in this movie and the 4 of them gets mixed together after a tragic accident occurs to one of them at a crowded junction in Kochi. The 4 main lead actors are Sreenivasan, Rahman, Kunchacko Boban and Vineeth Sreenivasan. All the actors have given a strong performance and a special mention to Asif Ali. The script looks solid enough to make the film contest for the highest grossing malayalam movies of this year. I strongly believe that movies like these will certainly lift malayalam cinema industry from its current crisis and will help build a unique era the industry haven't witnessed before. I would give the film 8.7 out of 10 (since IMDb doesn't allow that, I would give it a 9). Just go for it and make this movie a hit!!!
'Traffic' is undoubtedly, a carefully crafted work, flowing through
deep emotional,tensed and dramatic moments. The thrilling plot similar
to some of Hollywood's, the movie thrills with parallels weaved from
four different angles of a police constable, a movie superstar, a
divorced lady, a dying news reporter and his parents. Well worked
screenplay,excellent direction, good apt background music and
outstanding performance from some good actors all make this movie a
heartwarming ride. Kudos!!
Still, it's a shock that veterans like Saikumar who delivered a class,subtle and marvelous performance in this movie are still underrated or partially utilized. 'Traffic' - 'never miss'.
Rajesh Pillai's traffic has got it's unique place in the Malayalam movie history(so far)considering the type of plot it handles and mode of narration adopted.The essence of the story is based on real events happened in Chennai.The plot revolves around (most of the time) the events happening between morning and evening on a particular day. Super star Sidharth Shankar(Rahman) is on a desperate run for a donor for his daughter's heart transplantation,Raihan(Vineeth Sreenivasan) an aspiring journalist is on his way to office, Traffic Constable Sudevan(Sreenivasan)is on the first day of duty after suspension and Dr. Abel Tharyan(Kunchako Boban) is test driving his dream,a car!!These 4 strangers are connected through the string of fate.How???that is the rest of the story. This movie adopted a non-linear method to tell the whole story going back and forth on the time line,during the whole movie.but the screenplay is so solid that the spectator never looses the grip on the story.The director and editor is so keen on keeping the viewers on edge of their seats most of the time.
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"Traffic" is an impeccable experience which makes you edgy to the
seats, haunt you and crawls right in to your skin and says there.
Director Rajesh Pillai has framed a great theme inspired from some real
life incidents into a piece of art. The script writers Bobby & Sanjay
had done an awesome work with the script makes it the real hero of the
movie. The casting was as perfect as it could be and each of them had
played their roles so amazingly. The first of its kind type of multi
story line narration in Malayalam cinema would give a new start to long
awaited changes in the industry.
Overall, Traffic is that one unique journey which when seen makes us realize those aspects of our life which we have always knowingly or unknowingly ignored. For an Instance we may feel that we are traveling in that Scorpio van with them.
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Yes the movie is actually a new ray of hope in Malayalam movie with its
fresh story and narrative. Talents like Rajesh Pillai needs to be
encouraged at a time when there is a huge black hole in the terms of
fresh story. We have been treated with reused story line. Its just like
saying as old wine in new bottle. Bobby and Sanjay also needs to be
encouraged for treading a new path rather than using the old formulas.
It also needs to be encouraged the fact that the movie doesn't boast of
big names in the industry.Talented actors such as Sreenivasan and Sai
Kumar had lived up to expectations. Kunchako Boban too in his new
avatar has been constantly been improving with each releases. Anoop
Menon and Asif Ali performance also needs a special mention.
The story interludes into different aspects of different people in different spectrum's of life on a particular day and how at one point of the story these different people join for a common goal. This is actually the highlight of the movie where it was able to bring together the feelings and complexities in emotions of different people in different spectrum's of Life Sidharth Shankar (Rahman) is getting ready for the release of his new film. On the same day, Traffic Constable Sudevan (Sreenivasan) joins back on duty, after being suspended from service for taking bribes. The day is special for Dr. Abel (Kunchako Boban) who is celebrating his first wedding anniversary. Raihan (Vineeth Sreenivasan), an aspiring television journalist, is starting his first job with an interview with Sidharth Shankar the very same day.
On a particular day at a crowded traffic junction in Kochi, Raihan and Rajeev (Asif Ali), traveling in a bike is fatally hit by a speeding car at the signal. Raihan was all set to interview the superstar, Siddharth Shankar. Also at the junction, in another car, was the surgeon Dr. Abel.
Raihan goes into comma and is declared brain dead although he is kept alive using ventilator. Meanwhile, Siddharth's ailing daughter's condition becomes worse and she urgently needs a heart transplant. At first Raihan's parents does not agree to take their son of the ventilator and donate their son's heart but Rajeev and Raihan's girlfriend persuades them into it. Now that the heart is available, the problem was with transporting it from Kochi to Palakkad. No chartered flights or helicopters were available and so the heart has to be taken by road. Someone has to drive the 150 kilometers in under two hours during the rush traffic.
City Police Commisoner Ajmal Nazar (Anoop Menon) is asked to carry out the mission. He initially refuses considering the complexity and risk involved in the mission. But finally he heeds to the persuasion of Dr.Simon D'souza (Jose Prakash). Sudevan, being an experience driver who has driven as an escort for ministers, volunteers to be the driver of the Jeep because he wanted to regain the name he lost due to the bribe incident. Accompanying them on this mission is Dr Abel and Rajeev.
Everything goes smoothly for sometime. But at a point the police team loses contact with the vehicle and it mysteriously disappears. Later it was understood that before the mission commenced, Dr Abel had hit and run his wife when he discovered her affair with his best friend. Abel tries to sabotage the mission in an attempt to escape, but Sudevan and Rajeev manages to convince him to save the girl's life. All goes well and they reach the hospital in time to save the girl's life.
I would give 8 out of 10 for this movie for its freshness in thought and the attempt to convert it into a watchable movie without the usual gimmicks of heavily invested movies. Thumps up for all those behind the movie and hope to be treated with more of such movies in future
The movie goes extremely well on human relationships. Mother- son,Father-son,husband-wife,lover-lover,friend-friend. This was really a first time feel in Malayalam movie industry! All the professional characters in their role was up to the best. The doctors,Police , etc have done such a great experience to the viewers. One thing which we can miss is all about the background music and effects, which made us clinch with the thriller mood. Especially all songs were Emotional and require for the plot. All roles have their own importance which never makes the viewer feel bored ! Great Screenplay and Direction. A great successive thriller from the start to end !
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Malayalam cinema back to track after a long hiatus. Past decade was
full of comedy crass & male machismo movie.Traffic by Rajesh pillai &
scripted by Bobby Sanjay tells the story of many people who continue
their routine life & soon unusual happens and get interlink with each
other which leads to well executed climax ending up with high note.
Each character has his own depth & reason to involve in this movie.
Starting half was detailing every1 and soon gets tied up with each
other later filled with suspense and dramatic twist and all leads to
predictable climax(girl is going to be saved); but its worth a watch to
see how they executed it & result will be spellbound and it also tells
the value of organ donation. Overall its a brutally brilliant film
culminates to overwhelming & unforgettable trip. +ve: ¤script
¤direction ¤performance ¤cinematography ¤songs(ok) ¤BGM was damn
-ve: ¤Minute flaws(car speed);easily avoidable.
Must watch before die especially for malayalam movie lovers.
Verdict:Overwhelming experience! I would like to rate it 8.6/10.
Perhaps, its a revolutionary change in Malayalam film industry. In
fact, it was a thrilling experience to watch it. The direction is
indeed done so eloquently to entice everyone completely into it. On the
other hand, I ain't excited as like all other movie lovers because it
reminded me much about the films the Vantage Point & 21 Grams. This
doesn't mean that Traffic is exactly as like those films, perfectly
not. Besides, the way of presentation is not entirely new instead,
perhaps, its an inspiration from Hollywood films.
Happy to realize Malayalam film industry is really in a new path of change with a bunch of youngsters. Let the age old concepts be shattered and good work keep coming. Anyhow, well done guys. Keep your good works up.
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