Out Of Theatre

Idukki Gold

Out Of Theatre
11 Oct, 2013 2 hrs 15 mins U/A
Vijayaraghavan, Pratap Pothen, Raveendran, Babu Antony, Maniyanpilla Raju
Synopsis
Idukki Gold is based on Santhosh Echikkanam's short story of the same name
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story: The film is about five school friends and their journey to their old school.

Review: Aashiq Abu's Idukki Gold is swaddled in smoky images - be it the mist wafting across the hillocks or the thin swirls playing around the faces of its lead characters as they take a drag. It's a film partly about the reunion of five school friends and mostly about their proclivity towards 'Idukki Gold' - a drug which they say defines friendship.

Michael (Prathap Pothen) returns from Czechoslovakia and starts hunting for his dearest pals during his school days at Cheruthoni. Soon Ravi (Raveendran), Madan (Maniyanpilla Raju), Antony (Babu Antony) and Raman (Vijayaraghavan) meet, each of them have chosen completely different paths.

This is a narrative perpetually doused in nostalgia, an inevitable after-effect that comes with tales of reunion. The script matches this with a deprecating scorn at the very feeling in an obvious attempt to wash off the mushy take. There is one scene where the friends enter their old school and Madan, the nonchalant rich man among them, fires a playful riff at the sentimental Michael- "Hey man, if you can catch nostalgia here, don't lose it."

Even a slight trace of complexity is imperceptible in Idukki Gold , a result of assembling more than one character who lacks depth. The narrative shuttles between the past and the present, splitting the whole into separate episodes and even spares characters from reflections and heavy sighs. The ploy works to an extent but doesn't assure the smoothness that generally makes such reunion tales more than engaging.

Images from the past blending politics, romance and teenage antics fill the plot. Oil-sprinkled coiffed-up hair, bell-bottoms and Michael Jackson recur unfailingly. Idukki Gold is watchable for the good-natured quips that roll out of a natural reunion. They undertake a journey together in quest for a drug, spurred by the giddiness they had known as school boys. Sometimes the characters tend to toggle between their joy of reunion and the urge for Idukki Gold ; something which remains inexplicably dubious even as it gets drenched in the sweet spirit of friendship.
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Avg Users’ Rating 3.1/5 ( 24 users )
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Mauli Agarwal
watchable
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Vijay Bali
watchable movie
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Ben D
The concept of the movie is nice - A reunion. But the reason is anti-social. It clearly is a wrong inspiration to the younger generation.
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