Asif Ali is part Ayushmann Khurrana, part Arjun Reddy in ‘Kettiyolaanu Ente Malakha’

Posted on December 4, 2019

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This could be a fascinating case study of how “arrogance” on screen (like in ‘Arjun Reddy’) makes it less easy for us to fully embrace a character, while innocence and humility make us sympathise more readily.

Spoilers ahead…

On the surface, Nissam Basheer’s Kettiyolaanu Ente Malakha is an Ayushmann Khurrana Movie™ made in Malayalam. Translation: It’s a cutesy, small-town dramedy centering on a “masculine problem”, but there’s more rootedness, more realism. Asif Ali plays the Ayushmann Khurrana character, Sleeva, a prosperous, 35-year-old farmer, who owns and manages 65 acres of rubber and pepper and what-not. Looking at him, though, you wouldn’t see this prosperity. His shirts are always crumpled. He’s always in a mundu — most tellingly when he goes to a girl’s house to discuss marriage. We see the earlier suitor (Shine Tom Chacko in a cameo) leaving. The man is in a perfectly creased shirt, perfectly creased pants, perfectly gleaming shoes. He is dressed to within an inch of his life. He is dressed to make an impression.

But Sleeva doesn’t care. He doesn’t want to make an impression because he doesn’t know that an impression needs to be made. He is like someone at a store buying something functional –like a notebook or a pocket comb. “Okay, I’ll take this”. This happens to be Rincy (Veena Nandhakumar), and to Sleeva, she is as functional as a notebook or a comb. He needs someone to take care of his mother, after she’s taken a bad fall, and therefore he needs to get married, and therefore he needs a woman, and therefore… Rincy.

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