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Old 11-24-2017, 10:38 PM   #1
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Default Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela - Bluray From Central Home Entertainment

Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela (English: An intermission in the land of crabs) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language tragicomedy film directed by Althaf Salim. It stars Nivin Pauly, Shanthi Krishna, Ahaana Krishna. The movie marks Shanthi Krishna's return to films after a 19-year hiatus. The film was co-written by Althaf Salim and George Kora, and is produced by Nivin Pauly under his banner, Pauly Jr. Pictures. The film was released on 1 September 2017 to positive reviews.

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It's on a few pages on facebook. It's normally reliable.
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Those of you still here, hope you had a safe and cheerful Diwali.

Since none of the films at the cinema seemed particularly inviting (Made in China and Saand ki Aankh included, which from the trailers appeared banal and cliched, respectively), and mum unwilling to step out of the house during Diwali because "What if someone comes to visit us?", Movie with Mum this weekend was on DVD with the middle-of-the-road family drama Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela (roughly translated as "One Time in the Land of Crabs"). NNO centers around an archetype family whose equilibrium is disturbed when the mother (Shanti Krishna) is diagnosed with breast cancer (hence the crab reference). The focus of the film is on the impact this has on mum and the other members - father (Lal), his dad, two daughters (one married with a good-natured but miserly man) and a son - how their lives and their way of seeing life is affected. Nivin Pauly, who also produced the film, plays the son. When his mother first summons him urgently, he assumes it is to fix his marriage, he and his siblings learning the truth only after an extended session of hesitation on the parents' part.

NNO attempts a light-hearted matter-of-fact look at the situation, keeping melodrama to a minimum. There is also some mild element of back and forth in time, including a crucial moment at the end. To be frank I felt that the first half was a little dull, not humorous enough to be engaging, and the characters not particularly well-etched. But the film comes around a lot better in the second half. Unlike many mainstream movies where the cancer patient has a constant fake courage personality - I like most elements of Anand, but felt like slapping the title character for behaving like an a*****e happily interfering in other people's lives as though having cancer gives him some divine right - we see the mother's moods changing from initially brave and carefree to sometimes scared and angry at how much her family has come to depend on her.

Kinship is also depicted in a pragmatic way - although they love her the kids get annoyed with how mum's illness cramps their lifestyle and burdens them with responsibilities unprepared for, and the father is unhelpfully anxious most of the time. It's still a Readers' Digest movie but executed with a restrained level of treacle. The only thread which seems a little tacked on is Pauly's romance with a girl who also visits the hospital for her father.

After watching the film as a whole, I liked NNO a good deal and may consider revisiting sometime. While not as engaging as, it is a nice companion to Piku and recommended for people that appreciate a humorous and sensitive exploration of illness and its impact on the family.

The DVD from Central provides a clean and pleasant presentation of the film. Audio includes Dolby and DTS 5.1, of which I played the latter - it was a mostly well-done track although occasionally dialog gets a little buried under background music / FX, don't know if intentional. The watermark logo occasionally pops up (during songs I think). There are no extras, but a separate songs menu and even an option for playing song audio only exist. At 140 rs, this is quite a good deal for even a one-time watch.


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