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Bangalore Days

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30 May, 2014 2 hrs 40 mins U
Fahadh Faasil, Nazriya, Parvathy, Dulquer Salman, Nivin Pauly
Anjali Menon's Bangalore Days will be loved for some stunningly subtle moments of emotions which emerge unexpectedly out of a seemingly straight narrative.

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Story : The film moves around the lives of three cousins who are closely bonded to each other since childhood.

Review : There is a scene in Bangalore Days where a youth who feels for a wheel-chair bound girl helps her get into the bus. His glances constantly flit around her face with all the love he could muster for her. He remains silent mostly. With this girl, his brashness is shadowed by silence. At one impulsive moment, he tells her, "I don't want to walk behind you, I want to walk beside you." The girl's lips gently part, slightly startled, then break away into an enigmatic smile. The youth returns the smile.

Anjali Menon's Bangalore Days will be loved for some stunningly subtle moments of emotions which emerge unexpectedly out of a seemingly straight narrative. Three cousins, Arjun (Dulquer), Krishnan (Nivin) and Divya (Nazriya) are placed at the centre of the narrative and they end up in Bangalore, one out of job, the other by marriage and the third one by choice. The exuberance Anjali extracts from all of them is deeply satisfying.

In another scene a man snaps at his wife for painting on the glass and the next morning he wakes up to the colourful glow of the same painting, making him smile. Anjali etches her characters with clarity. Dulquer presents Arjun with a scraggly beard and uncombed strands of hair, indicative of a disordered life. Dulquer brings in a rugged charm and a brusque carelessness into Arjun, a school drop-out and son of divorced parents. Nivin invests Krishnan with the country-made innocence, at times getting himself stretched a bit to portraying the typical villager lost in a city, his oily haired-head cracking under nostalgia. Divya is married to Das (Fahadh) a corporate executive with a fractured past. Fahadh is strikingly intense as a man heaving under a sense of guilt, lending a troubled, sullen touch to the rigid routines of a corporate executive.

Parvathy who plays a paraplegic radio jockey Sarah is a revelation. Sarah struggles to conceal a heart, doubtful to accept love and also a keenness for the same while chancing upon a youth whom she meets regularly. Parvathy and Dulquer combine to produce the sweetest moments of love in this film. Nazriya assures that she is one for the future.

Bangalore Days might not be charming as a whole, still Anjali shows intent in knitting together family bonds in purely comic vein, throwing up characters like a wife and husband who just drift apart from each other out of love for independent life. This is a film that talks cheerfully about love and hope. What it misses is that effervescent sense of joviality even when some of the most dynamic young actors get together on screen, forcing us to wish, the smiles were heartier and the chuckles were louder.

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