Sunday Holiday Story:
Unni Mukundan is a college lecturer, but his dream is to script a movie. When a renowned director gets admitted in a hospital in his locality, he decides to make the most of the opportunity and meet him. But, as they say, the hardest thing in a film career is to get a director to believe in your story.
Sunday Holiday Review:
The journey towards their first project is often termed by filmmakers as the darkest periods in their lives, for all the rejections, insults, setbacks and what not. However, it looks like once they make it, the same exasperating era serves as a motivation even to make movies based on them, proves the handful of films inspired by the lives of filmmakers, recently released in Malayalam. Jis Joy’s Sunday Holiday has a story within a story, both of which are about working towards your dream without giving up – exactly what it takes to materialise your film dreams.
Unni sir (Sreenivasan) has a cushy job as a college faculty, but he isn’t content – he wants to work in the film industry and see his name rolling with the credits. Rejection isn’t new to him and he is not the one to give up easily, either. Director David Paul (Lal Jose) gets admitted in a hospital near his college and he sees it as another opportunity to pitch a story. While the director is least interested to entertain him, Unni takes out all the tricks in his bag to get David to lend an ear.
Within a few minutes into the movie, you would be bombarded with umpteen characters and enough backstories for them. Though it briefly makes you wonder whom among them matters the most, the director manages to weave a picture effortlessly giving them all due space. There are many punch dialogues in the film that can remind you of your own life situations and even get you inspired. Deepak Dev’s music is also tuneful and suits the situations to the T. The film’s climax is also quite delightful. Sreenivasan as Unni sir, Lal Jose as director David, Asif Ali as Amal and Aparna Balamurali as Anu do their part well enough. Truth to be told, there is nothing in the story that we haven’t seen in movies, but the presentation, mixed with enough of humour by Dharmajan and party, a pinch of thrill especially as the interview punch and romance to taste concoct an enjoyable plateful that is Sunday Holiday.
The film isn’t above flaws either. There are times when you feel certain sequences aren’t contributing much to the film, but they don’t bore you out either. The climax is a bit delayed, slipping a bit from the dramatic, smooth flow it drew while constructing the story and it’s messages. Sunday Holiday is a perceptive portrait of a film and that makes it quite unpretentious and feel-good too, which makes it worth your time.