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Ezhamathe Varavu

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20 Sep, 2013 2 hrs 27 mins U
Vineeth, Indrajith, Bhavana, Kavitha
Vineeth, Indrajith, Bhavana, Kavitha
Hariharan
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Synopsis
Set in the forests of Wayanad, the movie talks about a raging conflict, mostly among men and rarely between the man and the animal. An archaeologist, Prasad (Vineeth), arrives at a tribal hamlet on official duty. He is welcomed by planter Gopi (Indrajith) and his wife Bhanu (Bhavana) who was his love during the college days.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story : The film depicts the conflict between the man and the animal in a tribal hamlet and at the same time, deals with the emotional upheavals of characters who share a common past.

Ezhamathe Varavu abounds in myths, legends and some frames that are sheer enchantment. The film is about a raging conflict, mostly among men and rarely between the man and the animal. An archaeologist, Prasad (Vineeth), arrives at a tribal hamlet on official duty. He is welcomed by planter Gopi (Indrajith) and his wife Bhanu (Bhavana) who was his love during the college days.

A man-eating tiger wreaks havoc in the hamlet and a tribal girl spins mythical tales about the feline, to which Prasad is all ears. While M T Vasudevan Nair spreads the plot with loads of tales, legends and beliefs, he is at a loss trying to fix his focus, something that is very unlikely of a gifted story-teller.

From the impending struggle between the man and the beast, the narrative slips into a slapdash exchange of recollections between the old-lovers soaked with sighs, tears and suspicions. The intrusion of mush almost ruins an otherwise beautifully conceived theme. Even the metaphors that are drawn in the film, like the ploys to liken the ravaging man to a predating beast, fall flat for the tale gets lost in an aimless flow of memories.

The way the characters exchange their thoughts is weird—uttering words in a jumble—upsetting the natural flow of conversation. The result is an overflow of drama which completely drowns the faintest traces of realism. Indrajith comes across as a glowering presence, his machismo, laced with meanness, conveyed in his scorching glances and piercing expressions.

Bhama and Vineeth do justice to their respective roles, playing old-time lovers regretting their past and vainly striving for reconciliation. The film stands out for its cinematography by S Kumar, his frames bringing in the wild images of the forest at its captivating best.
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