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Mayaanadhi-Aashiq Abu’s Mystical River

maathan and apu from mayaanadhi
A still from Mayanadi
  Ashiq Abu’s mystical river simply steals all our hearts. A  witness to life and death and symbolic of the very essence of life itself- Mayanadi takes us on a beautiful and soothing journey.

Starting off as a thriller and slowly churning into an urban romantic tale this movie was successful in keeping up its tone, It’s not just a story of Appu’s and Mathan’s love but a story of loss, uncertainty, passion,  sadness, dignity all in the backdrop of metro life. What makes us connect with Mayanadi is the realistic dialogues and story and of course the incomparable performances by the lead actors.

Mayanadi (2018) is truly a deep river along which its viewers flow. The climax is a clincher. The magic realism, in the end, gives the movie a final polish.

Unrequited love and Mathen?

Mathen’s response to the policemen that he loves her and the defeat on the policemen’s face makes a mark.
Her words that he is a survivor and that he will come for her, are all heart-warming. Aiswarya simply lived the character. Tovino as the lovable rascal is again brilliant.
He plays Mathen very ably and the different shades of the character came out well.
It’s interesting to notice how Mathen’s cap gifted to him by Appu becomes a scene-stealer and a trend among the youth. In certain instances, it was this cap that spoke more, the way Mathan treasured it indirectly depicted his unconditional love for Appu.

Appu; the new face of the heroine in Malayalam cinema

Though Appu clarifies that she no longer has feelings for Mathen (due to something he did in the past) we see her unknowingly expressing her love and desire. It is the sweetest bits of Appu.
Aishwarya Lakshmi’s Appu comes out as a very bold female character in Malayalam cinema, someone who is unapologetic to desire sex. She breaks the conventional notions of an ideal Malayalee heroine and the makers deserve applause for the audacious move.
The scenes revolving Sameera (Leona Lishoy) where she is forced to leave her profession due to leakage of certain undesirable scenes make a statement. It kind of showed the harsh realities of the movie industry. The ideologies and thoughts are liberating and the freshness of character portrayal is what makes “Mayanadi” a good movie.
The entire cast of Mayaanadhi presents an excellent performance. May it is Soubin who makes a guest appearance or Leona Lishoy as Sameera, every actor live up to our expectations.
The songs of Mayaanadhi are another highlight. We can’t stop humming those beautiful tunes and it totally reflects the tone of the film. Rex Vijayan once again proves that he is a musical genius.
In the end, we all are turned into  “Appu” hoping and waiting for the return of her Mathen.
Mayaandhi Cast and Crew
Actors – Tovino Thomas and Aiswarya Lakshmi
Director – Ashiq Abu
Written by – Syam Puskaran and Dileesh Nair
Produced by – Ashiq Abu and Santosh T Kuruvila
Edited by – Saiju Sreedharan
Music – Rex Vijayan

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