“Vimaanam”… An underwhelming melodrama about a man who wants to fly

Posted on December 27, 2017

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/vimaanam-movie-review

Vibhu Puri’s 2015 drama, Hawaizaada, posited that a Maharashtrian took to the skies before the Wright brothers did.  Earlier this year, Srikant Murali’s Aby told the story of a boy from Kerala whose only dream was to fly. Now, Pradeep M Nair comes up with his version of the I-want-to-build-a-plane story, Vimaanam (Aeroplane). The arc is the same: dream, get mocked, fail, face criticism, fail, succeed. But here, there’s an intense romance at the centre, between Venkidi (Prithviraj Sukumaran) and Janaki (the charming Durga Krishna). Imagine the star-crossed lovers from Ennu Ninte Moideen, but with rudders and propellers and a syrupy score (Gopi Sundar) determined to out-soar Venkidi’s aircraft. The result: two-and-a-half hours of narrative turbulence.

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