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Times of India
: Happy Journey is the story of an ever-smiling, quiet young man named Aaron (Jayasurya) whose life is a constant duel between his dreams and his fate.
: While narrating the tale of a blind cricketer with a heart of gold, Boban Samuel happens to drain away the traces of dynamism with each frame. Aaron is blind and persistently battered by adversities. He loves the game and strives to realize his dreams in this field. Every opportunity gifts him only tragic twists.
Although this ploy is intended for an enhanced emotional effect, abundance of tragedy neutralizes the characteristic vibrancy that typically distinguishes the inspirational narratives of glory.The film commands credit for the way it weaves together a set of blind men into the game of cricket. Occasional flashes of beauty are seen despite the forced languor. At night Aaron sneaks out with his friend from the cricket camp to have a taste of panipuri.
He then asks his blind friend to open up his ears to the gentle clink of bangles, the fizzy crackle of delicacies bobbing in an oil-filled frying pan and to the subtle noises that play out at night. The scene is quite tender and Jayasurya makes it even more relishing with his soft-mannered, soothing rendition.
The entire film is narrated as voiceover, the highly-favoured medium that has, of late, characterized the tale of ambitions. The characters are introduced with shreds of brief, clipped sequences, each accounting for their past. It doesn't serve the purpose for this movie. Towards the end, the director hastens to assemble the jumble he has arranged, taking the real attention away from the main character.
These sporadic bouts of inactivity spoil the earnestness that marks this film. Even the attempts to capture the bond among blind cricketers in a camp falter for the scenes look overtly orchestrated, devoid of natural human emotions.
The film throws up a surprise in the form of Balu Varghese - who play Freddy - a friend of Aaron. His easeful handling of the dialect coupled with an immaculate sense of timing makes him an extremely lovable presence in the film.
Happy Journey is the story of an ever-smiling, quiet young man named Aaron (Jayasurya) whose life is a constant duel between his dreams and his fate.
Happy Journey is the story of Aaron (Jayasurya) who loses his eyesight in an accident during his childhood and starts his journey to be a part of the cricket team for the blind. Despite the crippling loss, Aaron moves on with his life with great resilience, thanks to his supportive mother. Aaron, who finds it very natural to be able to empathize with people and to inspire them, earns his reputation in the society. With his fascination for cricket still undeterred, Aaron yearns to play cricket. The movie traces the journey of Aaron trying to realize his dream of playing for the Indian blind cricket team, overcoming all hurdles in the form of personal, societal and political challenges. Handling the theme with the right sensitivity, the movie effectively manages not to evoke sympathy for the blind cricket players from the audience. Instead, the audience walks out with appreciation for the people who are no different from the rest of the society and have similar ambitions and a sense of achievement. <br/>Jayasurya plays the role of Aaron with great maturity, breathing life into the character with his controlled acting. Lal, who features as the coach of the blind cricket team lends great support to the movie along with all other actors who form the rest of the cricket team. The movie is laced with natural comedy all along as we travel through the ups and downs of Aaron’s life ensuring that you are never left bored for even a single moment. Background score from Gopi Sundar adds to the experience of the movie as the movie glides along weaving together a beautiful message on who in the society is truly blind. With an excellent screenplay backed by excellent performances from all actors, this movie turns into a memorable movie, taking you on a wonderful and insightful ride. Dealt with the right amount of realism, the movie earns its name.<br/>A must watch movie.