Sometimes a journey can give solutions to a lot of your oddness and for those who are reluctant to change these journeys happens accidentally. North 24 kaatham from debutant director Anil Radhakrishnan Menon is that film which will delight you with its fresh content, contemporary plot elements and some really sensible characters.
The story here revolves around the character Harikrishnan who is a techie working in an MNC. He is an odd character as he is too conscious about hygiene. His parents are concerned, his relationship with his brother isn’t that great and his colleagues also can’t tolerate his attitude. On a particular occasion company asks Harikrishnan to go to Trivandrum to do a presentation about the software he developed. On this journey Harikrishnan meets an old man and a girl. Circumstances force him to stay with them. As there is a state wide harthal on the particular day, these characters are in a tight situation.
The movie narrates the eventful journey of these characters towards their destinations which influences Harikrishnan in a huge way. It’s the freshness in the making that makes this movie engaging. And the movie doesn’t really go after situations to create humor. Almost every segment has various emotions and that real feel makes the film a refreshing one. Planting the idea of Harthal and conveying a lot of emotions were quite impressive as far as scripting is concerned. Writer has used each step in their journey to tell something either personal or social. With sound technical backup that just improves the quality of the craft; the movie manages to move in a very appealing way. On screen, Fahadh Faasil comes up with a variety character and he has done it with absolute conviction. He also handled the transformation of the character towards the end very elegantly. Swati Reddy also did a very good job in her deglamourized look as Narayani. Nedumudi Venu also deserves applauds for portraying that character of the communist. Chemban Vinod Jose, Premgi, Thalai vaasal Vijay, Sreenath Bhasi, Geetha and a few more are there in the cast who did a decent job.
Direction of Anil Radhakrishnan Menon is really appealing. He successfully manages to keep things real. The script as I said uses the idea of personal reformation and also the elements of Harthal very smartly. The dialogs are less dramatic and sensible. The tempo of the screenplay isn’t that even which may annoy a certain percentage of audience. The cinematography is really good. Background score is interesting and the music also falls in the fresh category. Edits were a bit confusing in some song sequences.
Overall, the film lover in me was quite happy after watching North 24 Kaatham. It has its heart in the right place and thumbs up. The least you can say about the movie is good.