Angamaly Diaries – Movie Review

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Angamaly Diaries‘ directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery tells the story of a gang of local youngsters and their life at Angamaly, a town at Kerala. The film shows us a few episodes from the life of the six youngsters, starting from their childhood.

‘Angamaly Diaries’ is one gem of a film that you rarely get to see. The film is completely worth of all those positive reviews that it is receiving from the public, critics and celebrities like Actors Mohan Lal, Prithviraj, Directors Anurag Kashyap, Bejoy Nambiar and Karthik Subbaraj. ‘Angamaly Diaries’ is so much real in all terms, that you will forget that you are in a cinema hall over a point of time. Few minutes into the film, you will start feeling like you are one among the characters in the movie. Thanks to the solid writing and characterizations in the film, that makes all the characters memorable and makes the debut actors also look so familiar. The film is nothing but a trip of 130 minutes with the local folks of Angamaly.

Malayalam industry is continuing to be awesome in making such films which reflects the regional people’s life, their routine, culture and values as it is with no unreal changes. After films like ‘Premam’, ‘Maheshinte Prathikaram’, ‘Ustad Hotel’, ‘Kammattipaadam’, this is another film that depicts the lives of people around a particular region with so much of detailing. The scenes and incidents in the film like how the ‘Palliyangadi Gang’ is formed, the first ever fight of the gang, the python meat scene, the love with the german girl Sakhi, the fight for the rabbit meat at bar, crushing the hand bones of a dead body to load the coffin into the electric furnace, the proposal by Lichi, the pork business in Angamaly, doing business with the same guys who killed Babuji, the interesting characters like ’10ml’ Thomas, Kunjootti, ‘Maramkothi’ Sijo and the Marti’s, the interval scene and the climax sequence, the 3 cute romance episodes (Seema, Sakhi, Lichi) – everything makes this film so special! The film has its share of awesome black humour too. After a few scenes, the voice-over by the protagonist all-through the film becomes like how a friend narrates his story to us.  Each and every scene in the film does not fail to strike a chord at all.

Be it the script or casting or technicalities or the making, the film has all of them above reproach. It is to be noted that almost all the actors in the film are debutantes, the director has auditioned and launched more than 80+ debut actors in this film. He must also be appreciated for experimenting with an uncut 11-minute long take in the climax featuring around 1000 artists. All the debut actors have done a fabulous job; it is their performances that makes the film even more refreshing – they are one of the USPs of the film. Girish Ganghadaran’s astounding camera work takes the audience straight to the streets of Angamaly and the music by Prashant Pillai is just terrific and does elevate the film’s standard to a different height.

‘Angamaly Diaries’ is a raw, real and refreshing cinema!  It is an extraordinary piece of work that brings out the flavors of life perfectly on screen, and it is the best of Malayalam films in 2017 so far.  MUST WATCH! I would love to watch it one more time in the theaters.

– Rahman

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