: B.Tech drop out Irfan and research scholar Anitha fall in love, but for their families and society it's a forbidden relationship, as they belong to different communities. The explosive reactions of people only intensify their ardour for each other, but the way ahead is quite thorny for the lovers.
: Set in the background of the caste cauldron of Ponnani in Malappuram, Kismath is a tale that can cloud our thoughts, wanting to serve a bitch-slap to our society. The 'literate' and 'educated' lot of the State still sadly suck up to the outrageously horrifying community discriminations and the film reflects the situation as it is. Yes, it's also one of those young-love-against-the-system films, but the focus is not solely on the couple's attempts to brave the institutions, but a lot more...
Anitha (Sruthy Menon), aged 28, is a research scholar and falls in love with a 23-year-old bike designer Irfan (Shane Nigam). Their unconventional age gap and religious differences trigger issues in families and the conservative society they are part of. Regardless of the strong friendship and love they share, the couple face doubt, self-loathing and even regret as they fight with pain to keep their relationship intact. The way ahead is nothing less than hazardous, but they egg themselves on.
For a film directed by a newbie, Kismath is decently engaging and thought-provoking. It also urges you to ponder over what matters most to the families in our society. While the institution in itself is meant to support its members regardless of their imperfections or societal acceptance, all that matters in our part of the world is the abstract concept of 'name in the society', shows the film. Right at the beginning of the film, the movie establishes how deeply the caste sentiments run even within our law enforcement systems, through a police station scene, where someone is let free owing to his community.
On the flip side, the movie is quite sloth-paced, especially the first half. While the songs are extremely melodious, their insertion into the dragging narrative only stretches it further.
The casting of the film deserves appreciation. Shane's command over the character is astounding and never do you feel he is not Irfan, thanks to the natural, uninhibited acting. He has got the swagger and at times his portrayal of the character even eclipses that of other established, senior performers. Sruthy, Vinay Forrt and also many actors who appear in minor roles showcase a solid performance.
A film that doesn't rely on known faces but just a meaningful story, performances and execution, Kismath definitely deserves a watch.