Despite some pacing issues, Abrid Shine’s ‘Mahaveeryar’, with Nivin Pauly and Asif Ali, is an utterly original creation that’s bizarre in the best way

Posted on July 21, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

This is possibly the strangest courtroom drama you have ever seen. (I think it has “potential cult classic” written all over it.)


Abrid Shine is an absolute original. His Poomaram, about an inter-college arts festival, is one of the best Malayalam films of the recent crop – “new gen” or whatever they are called. Action Hero Biju was not your usual hero-cop movie. And 1983 infused the sports drama with genuine poignancy. But none of these films come close to Mahaveeryar in terms of out-of-the-box imagination. No, let me rephrase that. The film is so out-of-the-box that… there is no box at all. Like Abrid Shine’s other films, the template is traditional: this is a courtroom drama with cases and witnesses and a judge and so forth. But the writing makes all the difference. The “make of it what you will” story by M Mukundan and the “it may help if you are high” screenplay by Abrid Shine make all the difference..

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