: A youngster who never outgrows his childhood fascination for aeroplanes and flying, Aby is emotionally a kid. He understands the language of science the best but his dream of making an aircraft is hardly considered sensible by his villagers or family.
: With disheveled hair, a sloppy gait, an innocent smile and an ever-obsessed mind, the hollow-eyed Aby is quite a nutter to those around him. They find his dreams funny and his all-consuming obsession for flying sheer madness. While the whole world is busy belittling him, the man-child never loses his focus on taking wings and soaring high, one day.
Aby (Vineeth Sreenivasan) is the only son of a middle-class couple, and his cognitive abilities, at least according to those around them, are not on a par with his age. An obsession to flap his hands like wings and fly always lands him in trouble and even when he grows up, the perception of those around him that he is bonkers, persists. The film shows how ‘the mentally stagnant’ boy triumphs over it all and proves everyone wrong.
Aby is mostly an inspirational, predictable story with plot elements like ‘initial strokes of genius’ recognised, those hard days towards making an impossible dream come true and the eventual success. But the film chronicles the whole journey well-enough to keep the audience interested. It’s much more than an emotionally charged movie about an eccentric youngster and narrates the hardships he faces during his obsessive quest, convincingly.
The crew needs to be lauded for brilliant casting, right from the child artiste who plays the little Aby, his parents (Sudheer Karamana and Vineetha Koshy), his friend Kunjoottan played by Aju Varghese and his lady love Anumol by Mareena Michael. Vineeth Sreenivasan might not be as great an actor as the director or singer that he is, but somehow, he succeeds in making us want to cheer for Aby. Playing a conventionally abnormal person is no cakewalk and Vineeth has managed to hold it all together. As his constant source of encouragement and a daring, loving companion, Mareena Micheal is impressive and so is Aju Varghese, whose presence provides a touch of humour to the events. The film also has some beautiful songs and stunning visuals of Idukki.
After an arresting first half, the film does get a big dragging in the initial portion of the second. It does pick up the pace soon, though. Overall, this is one of those films with an unconventional underdog as the hero, for whom you would root with tears in your eyes and a smile on your face, and come out of the hall with a wholesome cinematic experience.