Out Of Theatre

Matinee

Out Of Theatre
13 Dec, 2012 1 hr 54 mins U/A
Maqbool Salman, Mythili
Synopsis
The film, about aspiring film stars ending up in misery, is weary and oppressive, with song and dance sequences which mar a narrative that demands taut touches and crisp story-telling.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story: The film is about people who dream of becoming film stars and eventually end up on the dark corners of the movie world.

Review: Matinee happens in a period when low-grade, sleazy narratives and their buxom stars gently seeped into the mainstream Malayalam cinema and almost marooned it. Mythili (Savithri) appears as one such porn-star in the film where the focus is diligently kept on two individuals; Savithri and Najeeb, played by Maqbool Salman.

In the opening scenes, the lives of Savithri and Najeeb are different and disconnected. Najeeb is a dreamer, a film-buff, fanciful youth who wants to be a movie star. Savithri is a discontented girl who has to deal with an uncaring, abusive father.

The parallel lives coincide at a film-shoot, where Najeeb arrives by choice and Savithri by chance. Their lives are in for a tragic-turn and they recognise themselves as porn-actors in a shocking, unexpected way. What follows are moments of indecision, rage and frustration lightly dotted with traces of love.

Mythili skilfully balances herself between getting overly sensuous and emotional like in a scene towards the middle of the film. Savithri, better known as porn star Nisha, walks into her apartment to see her partner Najeeb dispassionately watching a channel where Nisha is blasted in a talk show. She spits out filthy phrases, one after another and unwinds her sari. Najeeb sits still while she gulps liquor, lights a cigarette, coughs badly, rushes off to puke. Slow contemplation follows as she settles down on the floor, emotionally sagged, her eyes sinking. The camera closes in to capture her sighs and then slowly goes aerial.

Maqbool, though absorbing at times, does not fully hide the nerves of a beginner. Often he is limited to smiles and nods which cannot be mistaken for control and ease. Matinee is stark in its portrayal of the subject. Still the film slips into a weary, oppressive mood sometimes draining the viewers.

A badly-shot dance sequence overloaded with repetitive steps and spoiled by a hardly rhythmic song mars a narrative that demands taut touches and crisp story-telling.
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Avg Users’ Rating 2.2/5 ( 15 users )
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Mauli Agarwal
nice
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Tomsan Kattackal
Whatever is earned by Second Show may be lost in Matinee.
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Tomsan Kattackal
The producer should have burnt his fingers.
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