: Comrade Krishna Kumar wants to make it big in politics but lacks the ideals a sakhavu should possess. He is ruthless enough to even get rid of friends who might be possible hurdles on his way up. His paths cross with that of a veteran comrade, sakhavu Krishnan and the film depicts how his life influences Krishna Kumar.
: Balikudeerangale… The song that inspired quite a few generations of Kerala, opens the film Sakhavu. The song was born in an age that set the standards for an ideal comrade, revolutionary or political worker. Just as how the present generation is hardly familiar with the song’s theme, words or spirit, it’s also unaware of what a sakhavu should be like… what he should stand for, or even work towards. The Sidhartha Siva film aims at holding a mirror towards the truth and to show what defines a comrade worth his salt.
Krishna Kumar is one of those ambitious yet lazy politicians who are interested only in self upliftment. He plans to work his way up and is a perfect example of a corrupt comrade. Once, his party asks him to donate blood to a veteran sakhavu, and he reaches the hospital half-heartedly. Little did he know that the meeting would change his life, lock, stock and barrel.
Nivin Pauly, who appears in three distinct get ups, is the highlight of the film. As the young comrade Krishna Kumar, his performance is reminiscent of numerous wayward roles he has done so far in Mollywood. Just that his physique makes his appearance a tad different, as the ‘thadicha Che Guevara. He is awe-inspiring as sakhavu Krishnan, with some candid lines and hard-hitting moments set aside for the character. Nivin also blends well into the role of a septuagenarian sakhavu, and proves that he is one of those actors who can easily mould himself into character of any age group. Aiswarya Rajesh gives an impressive performance as comrade Janaki. One of the strengths of the film is its brilliant, apt casting and some soul-stirring music by Prashant Pillai.
At 2 hours 43 minutes, the film is quite long, especially in the second half. In the first few minutes of the movie, it showcases some below average comedy that doesn’t derive the expected results. Moreover, in a State like Kerala that has seen numerous art works inspired by communist party movements, you can’t call the content of the film or even its treatment, anything novel. Aiming to make the viewers believe that a transformation comes over someone so corrupt and wretched, just through learning about the life of another man - that too within the short duration through which the story pans - is a little too ambitious.
The film has Nivin Pauly and his smart dialogues to entertain you, on and off. It’s worth your money, but be prepared to bear quite a few stretched moments of storytelling as well.