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The film is about three friends who encounter a strange problem of having to deal with multiple identities
The beauty of
lies in the way director Sunil Ibrahim whips up moments one after another - apparently without any purpose - and later assigning definite motive to each of them. In fact some of the scenes appear completely purposeless in the beginning and Sunil, riding on a riveting narrative, gives a leisurely treatment to his story.
It's as though he is playing a game from another level, letting his viewers revel in their own world of wild surmises, pulling them out every now and then.
is a thriller minus the blood and gore. The pace is stunning, style subtle and subject psychological.
An advertisement professional Siddharth (Indrajith) comes to his new office and gets introduced to a young man with a queer name Icha (Nivin Pauly). Soon Siddharth and his girlfriend Veena find themselves caught in a horrific riddle - they find Icha at two different places at the same time.
Their search for answers turns to be a brilliant psychological probe and Sunil just widens his canvas, sprinkling mysterious tales about Icha, gleaned from his village by Siddharth and Veena. In the meantime, he crafts stunning moments befitting a thriller.
The purpose is aided by all the three lead actors, especially Indrajith whose search for the identity of Icha becomes a frantic pursuit. He wavers smoothly between the changing shades of fear, curiosity and obsession. The scenes are built in a playful manner - sometimes Sunil doesn't even bother to explain and the ploy works wonderfully as the knots are tightened and undone on their own.
is jolting and probing at the same time and sheer enigma of its narrative poses multiple answers for the riddle that makes the film.
Bad direction,screenplay,perfomance by Indrajith.Totally bad movie
The tautness that had made Sunil Ibrahim's debut film script interesting isn't there in 'Arikil Oraal'. It does try hard and does make some grandiose promises, but ultimately fails to deliver. Predictability could prove fatal to thrillers, and here is a classic example as to why it is.