Kismath Review: An outstanding real life love story with less cinematic cheesiness

Again a real life love story that made waves in kerala is on screen now, Kismath which has Shane Nigam and Shruthy Menon in the lead roles, has hit the theatres on July 29. The film co-produced by Rajeev Ravi under the banner of Collective Phase One, has been distributed to the theatres by Lal Jose, through LJ Films. The movie Kismath, is said to be an intense love story with a realistic touch. The film marks the directorial debut of Shanavas K Bavakutty, who has also penned the script for the film.
Kismath Review: An outstanding real life love story with less cinematic cheesiness


In real life it's not a much hyped story as “Ennu ninte moideen”, but a controversial love story that happened years ago in ponnani. The film narrates the of story of a 23-year-old Muslim boy named Irfan and 28-year-old Dalit girl named Anitha, who are in love with each other. Both their families are against their wish and things take a turn when they decide to marry and seek the help of the police. Kismath is much beyond a normal love story. The film isn't in the lines of movies like Thattathin Marayathu or Ennu Ninte Moideen, which had out-and-out romantic stories as the core theme. Kismath, apart from narrating a love story, the movie also takes you through the events that happen in a police sation, staying true and real for the entire running length. There are moments in Kismath which would make us feel for the characters and at the same time certain sequences would make us think about the society that we live in and that's where Kismath wins hands down.

Shanavas K Bavakutty has tried to present the movie as a politically strong one. The sort of discrimination the helpless poor people face in our society gets depicted in a very realistic way. It is not just the attitude towards the SC female lead, you have a man getting forced to become the accused to save a police officer and there is this worker from Assam getting squeezed by the authorities. Some of it may have sounded comical, but ultimately they are all different versions of the torture faced by the so called lower class people. While the first half invests equally on other cases along with our main story, the second half is entirely focusing on the love story. Looking at the very small runtime of the movie, I felt that they could have spent more time on the love story part, letting the audience know the depth of the bonding. That and Shruthy Menon’s filmy performance is probably the only drawbacks this movie has got.

After those small roles in Annayum Rasoolum, NPCB, Kammattipaadam and a few others, Shane Nigam gets a main role in a movie and I have to say that the boy has a great potential to be a fabulous actor. He emotes perfectly and the attitude required for various scenes were spot on. Shruthy Menon’s performance was a bit theatrical and with actors around her performing with such flare, it sort of stood out. Alencier Ley, Anil Nedumangad, Sunil Sukhada and a few more quality actors are there performing really well in their respective roles. The best performer in the whole movie in my opinion was Vinay Forrt who delivered a top notch performance as the brutal SI. The effortless way of carrying that character was really superb. A special mention to the impressive performance of Binoy Nambala.
Shanavas has tried to keep it real to the core. There aren’t any cinematic cheesiness and the character outbursts are quite real. He captures the scenes with utmost rawness. Some may have an issue with the sudden ending and the small length of the movie. But I found that hard hitting. The movie in its realistic approach teases every bit of the common orthodox reactions such a relationship could face. Thus the humor in the movie is quite sensible and the pain is also deeply haunting. Like I said earlier, the romance portions could have been given prominence. The cinematography is largely focusing on static frames and it was really good. Edits were nice and the background scores are pretty impressive.

Kismath, you will love the same way as Annayum Rasoolum and Njan Steve Lopez. It narrates things in the real world with less theatricality.