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Gets the nostalgia going in the first half! [+62%]
'June' is a movie that ticks off every box in the nostalgia checklist of a young adult. It chronicles the life of June (played by a ravishing Rajisha Vijayan) from the age of 16 (i.e. class XI) to 26 (her marriage). What's surprisingly good about the film, other than a splendid performance by Rajisha, is the way director Ahammed Khabeer revives memories of school-time crushes, youth fests, the time spent after classes at bakeries, and all the fun we've had as a vibrant bunch of students.
Therefore, without a doubt, I can say that the 'school' portions of the movie are the best. It is where Rajisha the performer comes across as strikingly versatile too, with a brilliant set of expressions that she puts to use at various points. If one doesn't get reminded of good times from school by watching 'June', then chances are you might have not had a great adolescent phase at all. The innocence, the anger, the sadness, the joy, the arrogance, and the annoyance - they're all portrayed quite well. Above all, the cutesy charm that Rajisha exudes makes even the silliest of scenes enjoyable.
The supporting cast is pretty good too - Sarjano Khalid is wooden at times, and the dubbing for him is a little off. The rest of them, although stereotyped at times, are the kind I hope to see more in Malayalam cinema. Joju George, Aswathi Menon, Arjun Ashokan, and Aju Varghese lend ample support whenever required. The scripting by Libin Varghese, Ahammed Khabeer, and Jeevan Baby Mathew does show signs of lag in the second half when June goes the Ohm Shanthi Oshaana route, but the extremely heart-warming climax, although appearing a little rushed, is where the film redeems itself.
As is the case with the month of June in Kerala, a few essential scenes in the movie are set against the backdrop of the rain and the director handles them subtly. Now that being said, the generally jovial nature of the first half kind of contrasts with the more mature-but not-quite-there-yet tone of the second. Yes, it is a coming-of-age story alright, but even at 26 (and with the quintessential marriage scene playing out), we feel that there's more to June than what we see of her in 140 minutes.
And speaking of cliches, there are a few easy-to-spot ones. Like June's choice to be with the (more) handsome guy Noel (with a rich dad) than the grounded (and more local) Anand - we all know that there will be a realization scene where June finds out that her dream guy was more of a self-centered snob (surprise! surprise!). Another one clearly picks on Kerala's obsession with women in 'thattam', which has gotten really blah by now.
Ifthi's music is definitely one of the film's plus points. The music is easy on the ears and keeps the proceedings buoyant at all times. Rajisha's physical transformation from adolescent to adult is pulled off well too, and kudos to the actress for her efforts. Cinematography by Jithin Stanislaus is excellent when he places the focus on the little (but joyous) things - like June's school bag, her braces-smile, waves hitting her feet, and more along those lines.
There's more to like than whinge in 'June' which is why you should give it a watch without question.
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