A miracle happens in a seaside village that turns around the lives of its inhabitants.
A sea-side village with a Latin American history, Fahad Fazil as the lead actor with an exotic beauty as his lady love; you settle down to watch James Albert's Mariyam Mukku expecting a quaint love story. What you get is a series of pointless gang wars, a half-baked romance, unnecessary songs, and a weak, almost non-existent, plot.
Fahad Fazil is Felix, an orphan brought up by Mariyanashan, his late father's friend. He is the local gang leader in a village full of naive fishermen, where lawlessness is the order of the day. A miracle happens, turning around the lives of everyone in the village. However, the film appears more like a long-winded school play than anything else, with the script failing to engage you.
Half an hour into the film and you realize that the story hasn't begun yet, beyond showcasing life in the village and its history. It is only towards the second-half that there is the semblance of a story, but only the patient might be willing to sit through the repetitive fight sequences and bland dialogues to reach there. At points, the story even reminds you of
with a greedy father who breaks his word to old faithful Felix and decides to marry off his daughter to a more enterprising man.
Fahad's convincing performance as the raw, uncouth fisherman is the only saving grace of the film. Irshad also plays the role of his fellow rowdy 'Kaala' to perfection while Manoj K Jayan as the foster father commands screen presence. Aju Varghese' entry as the street-smart Anglo Indian Lloyd infuses some life into the film. However the characters are far too many - Joy Mathew, Nandu, Devi Ajith, Sadiq, Prathap Pothen, Neeraj Madhav and Sreejith Ravi all have minor roles - but none of them are developed properly. The dialogues exchanged between the lovers and the dialogue delivery of the lead actress, Sana Althaf, are cringeworthy.
There are a few amazing visuals of the sea, besides a scene which could have been a classic, where Felix sends up sparklers at night from his fishing boat so that his girlfriend would know which boat is his. However, such moments fail to make an impact as no real emotion is conveyed. It also explores the themes of faith and miracles in a superficial manner.
is no disaster. It would be difficult to believe that it has been scripted by James Albert, the same person who scripted something like Classmates.