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March 21st, 2017 - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal

March 21st, 2017

March 21st, 2017
02:00 pm

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Pa Va
Watched Pa Va, a Malayalam film with Murali Gopi (Pappan) and Anoop Menon (Varkey) in lead roles playing as two old men, who have been close friends since their childhood. Varkey passes away, only to come back to Pappan as ghostly visions and continue their friendly conversations. They talk about the girl both of them had fallen for when they were young (the events are shown briefly over a sweet song). The girl could never reveal if she was also in love with any of the two friends, as she was enrolled in the catholic convent by her family, and she fell sick and died soon after. The two friends had moved on from there and grown up to become very rich men. Varkey had a craze for collecting antiques, and his ghost now wants Pappan's help to acquire the most precious antique he could hope for - the old diary of the girl with whom they were perennially in love.

I think the basic story thread of Pa Va was very promising and had potentials to make an excellent film. But it looks like director Sooraj Tom wanted to make just a light hearted comedy based on it, and the result is a very mediocre film. However, considering that this is his first film, I think he deserves some appreciation. The parallel thread in the film showing Varkey's efforts to persuade Pappan to go back to his roots and shift his edavaka to his native place, and the impact of this decision on the local church and its priest (brilliantly played by P Balachandran in his characteristic style), adds some humor to the narrative.

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