Senna Hegde’s winning Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam, with Manoj KU and Ajisha Prabhakaran

Posted on February 11, 2021


thinkalazhcha nishchayam

This beautifully written and acted film exists in a zone between a broad Priyadarshan entertainer and the nuanced New Age Malayalam dramedy.

Spoilers ahead…

Based on the two films I’ve seen, the broad beats of Senna Hegde’s cinema are quite… broad. The director’s second film, Katheyondu Shuruvagide (in Kannada) was about a US-returned yuppie who opens a resort in the process of “finding himself”. Senna’s latest, Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam, is in Malayalam, and the answer to “what is it about?” is exactly what the title says: an engagement taking place on Monday. The story revolves around a lower-middle-class father’s attempts to make this happen (the girl is his second daughter Suja, played by Anagha Narayanan) before the groom-to-be flies off to rejoin work in Sharjah. There’s nothing “new”, here, exactly. But so what? you may ask. Aren’t the story beats of most movies the same, and don’t we care more about how these beats are narrated? Sure!

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