Varnyathil Aashanka is the third directorial venture of Sidharth Bharathan and is an extremely engaging and light hearted movie with an abundance in practical humor, interesting characterizations and a satiric tone. The movie is a mix of convention and also the natural style of film making. Kunchacko Boban, the main lead is playing the role of man Kavta Shivan, a tough character who never smiles. The film, Varnyathil Ashanka is not a single hero oriented subject. It is a humorous tale of thieves and their mischievous activities. The film, Varnyathil Aashanka has a lot of funny instances sculpted into it which are carried by Suraj Venjaramood, Shine Tom Chacko, Sharafudeen and Asif Ali, Chemban Vinod Jose.
The theme here revolves around the crooked operation executed by a bunch of local thieves who were all looking for that big opportunity. In the city of Thrissur due to a political conflict, a party worker dies and predictably a Hartal was called. Varnyathil Aashanka shows us the execution of this plan and how certain unprecedented involvements took it in to an entirely different level. It is rich in humor. Thrissur Gopalji localized the film in a very convincing way. It is set in a rural area and the planning here is done by people who aren’t that sharp. So the film achieves the practicality part. And the fifth guy Dayanandan is the character that shapes this movie in to a satire. In a way Thrissur Gopalji conveys the truth that the biggest thieves are disguised as public servants. The first half of the film is invested in showing us the backdrop of each character. And out of the main five, four have an interconnected link which looked convincing and humorous. Dayanandan was the only character who was isolated from the gang and after his involvement in to the main operation things go interesting and hilarious.
Varnyathil Aashanka might be showcased as a Kunchako Boban movie but once you finish the movie, it almost feels like a Suraj Venjaramood film. And it is mainly because of the way that character got isolated from others. Suraj mixes his subtle real acting style and his eccentric old style cleverly to create a very funny, yet cunningly real Dayanandan. Kunchako Boban manages to add roughness to Sivan, something we don’t usually see from him. Chemban Vinod Jose as the innocent thief and Manikandan Achari as the bike thief also performed nicely. Shine Tom Chacko was also fine. More than individual performances, it was the chemistry of the latter four that made an impact. Most of the actors who appeared in small roles were perfect for their characters.
Sidharth Bharathan who was successful in rendering comedy neatly in Chandrettan Evideya shows his strength again in presenting practical humor. The screenplay has that connected feel in each subplot and because of that the storytelling has a flow. Only at the end of the operation, the film takes a pause. And within that phase it details each character and the smart moves we see in that part aren’t unreal. Jayesh Nair’s cinematography never fails in keeping that real and tense mood of the movie. The cuts by Bavan Sreekumar were subtle and nicely done making it edgy. The background score by Prasanth Pillai is minimal in most areas and was quite effective in going with the atmosphere of the movie. Varnyathil Aashanka is one movie you should definitely try. The 136 minutes of this movie is never boring and the screenplay is done in a way that it highly focuses on what it meant to achieve in the first place.