As someone hailing from Karuvelipady, the vibrancy of Fort Kochi and the colorful lives of those who live on the island strip is very close to my heart. And it’s that spot in my heart that Parava seemed to touch. The visuals of Mattancherry and the lives of the people there have been portrayed with such a nuanced perfection that it felt like I had come home.
Parava tells the story of pigeon racing and two children who love their pigeons dearly. Without revealing much about the plot, I can safely say that each and every actor has put in a very sincere effort and that’s what shines through the most. Dulquer Salmaan, seen in a never-before role, plays his cameo with such perfection that you wish he was there for longer. His intro scene is one that will go down as one of those memorable Malayalam movie scenes. However the real hero of the movie is Mattancherry. The language and the cinematography makes you feel like the characters are part of a story happening around you, rather than on the screen
Technically the movie is par excellence. The camera works switch between fast paced as well as slow dramatics. Soubin noted in an interview that it took the almost a year to shoot the visuals of the pigeon. And the effort taken is well worth it. The movie is probably one of the most visually appealing ones in recent times. The soundtrack as well is so perfectly suited to the proceedings that its like a natural.
Last but not the least, a standing ovation for the machaan of the movie, Soubin Shahir. Brilliantly scripted, deftly directed and beautifully executed. Parava is like a fresh breath of air, in concept and in theory. Without opting for any melodrama or histrionics, Shahir crafts a movie with a life of its own. Undoubtedly Parava is sure to soar to greater heights.
Indian Cinema Reviews Rating : 4.5/5