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Dreams, Laughter, and Nostalgia: Varshangalku Shesham Review

With beautiful frames, exhilarating music, playful humor, and a quite predictable and simple story, Varshangalku Shesham is a typical Vineeth Sreenivasan movie that follows his signature storytelling style.

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Set against the backdrop of a quaint village in Kerala, the film follows the aspirations of two young dreamers, Murali (Pranav Mohanlal) and Venu (Dhyan Sreenivasan), who harbor ambitions of making it big in the film industry. Ironically this story of two outsiders features two products of nepotism.

The Good Bits in Varshangalku Shesham

Dhyan Sreenivasan in Varshangalku Shesham

With breathtaking frames, Varshangalku Shesham is beautiful and visually captivating. The songs in all Vineeth movies have always been integral to the story and the same is the case with Varshangalku Shesham. The songs in Varhsnagalku Shesham are soul-stirring and seamlessly blend with the narrative to evoke emotion and nostalgia.

How the film is structured plays an important role in keeping us engaged. It feels like chapters unfolding. First, there’s Varshangalku Munpu (years ago) which paints a picture of the starting of Venu and Murali’s friendship. And some chapters in between show the transitions of their friendship and movie dreams and then comes Varshangalku shesham (years later) when Venu and Murali rekindle their friendship and restart their movie aspirations.

Humor is another cornerstone of Vineeth Sreenivasan’s movies, and Varshangalku Shesham doesn’t disappoint in this regard. The playful banter and inside jokes, often at the expense of the cast and crew, infuse the film with lighthearted charm. Nivin Pauly as Nithin Molly, who plays an exaggerated, fictionalized version of himself is a scene-stealer. After so many consecutive flops at the box office, this brief appearance has revived his appeal and career. His monologue in the movie is a hilarious cry for help and a response to all the trolls and setbacks he faced over the last couple of years. Neeraj Madhav’s is another exciting and hilarious cameo in the movie and I missed that side of him. He is spontaneous, and funny and brightens the screen with his brief appearance.

Pranav Mohalal in Varshangalku Shesham

Speaking of performances, Dhyan Sreenivasan does a great job. I guess he was missing quality roles that explored his range as an actor And Pranav, well he tries his best to imitate the charm of his father. The struggle to carry forward his father’s legacy is real for Pranav. Can we just let him be? Though he is much better than he was in Hridayam, the pressure on him given his lineage is quite palpable. This is a request to everyone trying to push him to be like his father, just set him free. Let him tread the mountains and explore his sanity.

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The women in the movie have very little screen time but good parts to play.

The Weaker Bits in Varshangalku Shesham

Here’s the thing – The story isn’t the strongest. There are many loopholes and convenient coincidences in the plot that render the storyline less effective.

There are so many convenient coincidences in the plot – Murali randomly meeting Annie (Kalyani Priyadarshan) in the second half, her husband being a media company owner, and Venu randomly meeting Murali in a lodge in the second half would be a few to mention.

But despite all these minor flaws in the story, I still loved the movie, and the main reason for it is how it is packaged and presented to us, keeping us thoroughly entertained. At its core, Varshangalku Shesham is a love letter to the allure of cinema and the dreams it fosters. Like father, like son, Vineeth Sreenivasan shares his father’s intuitive understanding of the audience, crafting a film that resonates with emotions and nostalgia. And that’s where the genius of the writer and director in Vineeth lies.

Some movies are best enjoyed at the theatres, like Varshangalku Shesham. I highly doubt if the movie will work the same way once it is released on OTT.

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