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Times of India
: Two prisoners escape from prison and together they board a ship to Lakshadweep where they will have roles to play in each other's destiny.
Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal
leaves behind a sweet aftertaste. A well-paced, colourfully shot film against the still blue waters of Lakshadweep bubbles with a longing for love, friendship and trust. Two complete strangers effect a prison break and much against their wish go on a journey together to an island. If one of the youths, Ali is spurred by his own reasons, the other person Alex forces himself to accompany Ali.
Almost all the characters in this film are crafted with an innate shade of selfishness, a motif that is closely linked to the title
One of the characters explains that swordfishes exhibit selfish traits, something that is constantly seen in each of the characters in this film.
There is a man who nurses a broken heart, but would still plunge into deep waters to fish out a testimony that would prove his innocence to the girl he once loved. Another man stands by his close friend through his short-lived romance and welcomes the friend's return from jail not just out of love but with a hope that his friend would give him the money to save his son's life.
Ajith Pillai, who co-scripted the film along with Vipin Radhakrishnan, whips up quite a few glowing moments in the film. At the same time he leaves some of the characters in a blur like an unfinished painting, for instance the one played by Janani Iyer. She is reduced to a timid, blabbering doll whose conversations with Alex appear far from convincing. There is an intentional languor to the scenes, which is complemented by eye-dazzling visuals.
Abinandhan Ramanujam's camera swoops over the characters and buildings and sometimes slowly moves around a youth and a girl as they sit watching the sunset, the sky spattered with indistinguishable streaks of colours. Sunny Wayne melts into his character very well, his sullenness gradually dissipating into good-hearted warmth. His dialect is employed with authority and makes use of it to sync with an ingrained innocence.
might falter on its use of slow pace and sometimes acts of characters that could question logic. However the flaws are overshadowed by a subtle beauty, which pops up like a rare fish on the sparkling waters and then vanish far too quickly.