Critic’s Rating: 4.0/5
Njan Prakashan Review: Hold a mirror up to any average Malayali and you will see Prakashan aka PR Akash who is cynical, jealous, sceptical and at times innocent. He is a nursing graduate who wants to lead a lavish life without sweating too much. He knows how to get his things done and how to manipulate others towards extending benefits to him. As he progresses in this way, rumour mongering and creating minor trouble for others, his ex-girlfriend Salomi returns — triggering hopes of a ‘fabulous’ future in Germany. PR Akash who has changed his name from Prakashan to sound modern by publishing in Kerala Guzette is all prepared to catch his flight to Germany. However, will life be exciting if things happen as one plans?
Sathyan Anthikad’s latest movie that brings back the classic director-writer combo of Sathyan and Sreenivasan to the screen after 16 years tells the tale of a typical Malayali youth whom we all have encountered at least once in our lifetime. The movie is all about how Prakashan transforms from an irresponsible brat to a focused individual.
Sounds cliched? Maybe but Fahadh manages to make Prakashan convincing through his versatility. The film reminds us of the filmmaker’s signature films like Sandesham. It also has traits of his previous Fahadh movie, Oru Indian Pranayakatha. There is a whiff of Mahesh from Maheshinte Prathikaram and Sibi Sebastain from Carbon in Fahadh’s P R Akash. We climb the coconut tree with him, run and jump walls with him, cry and laugh as he does so. He conquers our hearts effortlessly and we unknowingly fall for him and become empathetic to the cocky and fraudulent Akash.
Sathyan and Sreenivasan have also created a clutch of memorable characters in typical style which are enacted by actors such as KPAC Lalitha, Sreenivasan and the ailing little girl. Every character in the movie teaches us a lesson and the well drafted dialogues have socio-political relevance as well.
S Kumar’s cinematography and Shaan Rahman’s music add flavour to the beautiful tale.
Fahadh once again hits the purple patch. He lives his character and also makes the rest of us believe that he is that guy-next-door whom we love to hate. But there is goodness in everyone and circumstances can bring about a change in them. They too can cry or feel for someone and aren’t as annoying or bad as we imagine them to be.
As PR Akash transforms to Prakashan and realises the beauty of life and God’s own country, we will definitely welcome back Sreenivasan and Sathyan Anthikad, whose films even after three decades manage to encapsulate the Malayali psyche. Well, certain things never cease to entertain, even with the passage of time.