Riding on Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhumi
Director – Sameer Tahir
Cast – Dulquer Salman, Sunny Wayne, Surja Bala Hijam, Ena Saha
In this time of pestilence, the intoxicating experience of travel is what we miss the most. With summer plans and trips with friends put aside indefinitely, watching films like Neelakasham Pachakdal Chuvanna Bhumi is the closest we can get to explore the world outside.
Neelaksham Pachakdal Chuvanna Bhumi is the finest road movie ever made in Malayalam cinema. It’s like a calling, to let go of your mechanical existence and just explore yourself in the picturesque beauty of nature.
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhumi – A Riveting Ride
The film is about two young men, Kasi (Dulquer Salman) and Suni (Sunny Wayne) who embark on a journey on their bikes from Kerala to Nagaland in search of answers.
Sometimes, the soul of the journey is not the destination, but the road which opens up a variety of experiences. Such journeys help us introspect ourselves, our beliefs, our thought processes, and much more, bringing us closer to who we truly are. And that is exactly what we see happening to Kasi.
We have all had similar experiences, where a journey had a profound impact on us, like something opening up within us or letting go of some thought or worry that bothered us for a while. It feels liberating, to travel and feel the fresh air.
Kasi is torn apart by myriad inner conflicts but finds solace in this journey, to soothe his inner restlessness and turmoil. His companion in his journey, Suni is what makes the ride worth it for Kasi. As a wise man once said, it’s the people you are with that make the journey beautiful and not the destination alone, true right?
The visual brilliance
Sameer Taheer’s second directorial venture does total justice to its title. Every milestone and signboard in the film seems to be telling us something. We enjoy the ride thoroughly, credit for which goes to the exuberant cinematography and direction in addition to the perfect mood-lifting songs. Rex Vijayan has done a wonderful job with Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhumi’s songs. The rhythmic rumble of the motorcycles is the primary background music that entices us.
The movie is not just about a trip two friends set out on, it is a mix of politics, friendship, and romance incorporated in the right amount.
Dulquer and Sunny Wayne have a knack to perform naturally and that is why they is no argument about who else could have played Kasi and Suni better. Even the actors who make a brief appearance create an impact on the audience.
It’s been around seven years since Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhumi was released but we can still feel the adrenaline rush after watching the film.
The events that happen in Kasi and Suni’s journey give content to the film, making it much engaging. They are attacked by goons, showing that a journey does not seem as easy and safe as it may seem.
The boys who are engineering graduates make use of their skills to help the villagers by designing a wheat grinder from a scooter, as gratitude for sheltering them.
These are moments that give meaning and purpose to their aimless trip. With such incidents, the trip does not become all about them, it also becomes about people with whom they interact, who touch their lives in the smallest possible way.
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