Kumbalangi Nights – It’s A Wonderful Life

There is a certain kind of charm that Malayalam cinema has which makes it stand out from the rest. It is a way of showing realistic things in a cinematic manner. This is the only I can describe it and it is on full display in the masterful Kumbalangi Nights. 

From director Madhu C. Narayanan and writer Shyam Pushkaran we get a film that is about so many aspects of life. The bonds that the brothers share, to the love that blossoms between different characters, what makes the film work is an organic flow.

And if there is another factor that makes Malayalam cinema great is its ability to find beauty in even the simplest shots. In this film, there are certain shots that look like paintings come to life. This is evident prominently in the love story between Bobby and Baby.

Now, we must talk about the trump card of the film, Fahaadh Faasil. Let me just say that I am going to watch any film that he is a part of. This is a man who is in absolute control of his craft and is so good at it, it seems unfair to the rest.

His character is what elevates this film from being a family drama to a dramatic rush. To reveal more about him and what he does, would rob you of the delight of seeing him act. Try not to read too much about the film before seeing it and you are sure to be blown away.

The background score by Sushin Shyam deserves a special mention as it is perfect in many parts of the film. An experience like this will make you appreciate cinema a little more. Not because it is showing something out of this world but for showing that there is more to be said and shown within what we have seen already.

For me, trying to analyze a film such as this is a tough task as I was completely sucked into the world of Kumbalangi Nights. Movies such as this need to felt rather than taken apart. And for providing us with something that makes us feel so much and so beautifully, thank you to everyone part of this film.

Until next time, bye.



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