Cast: Samyuktha Menon, Kannan Nayar, Aaryan Krishna Menon, Dhanesh Anand and Sajin Cherukayil
Director: Prasobh Vijayan
You may have noticed that international cinema, especially the ‘infamous’ Korean or European films, seem to be awfully interested in testing our endurance lately. For the past one or two decades, we’ve seen an increasing amount of movies whose entire purpose is to see how much punishment human beings can endure before they accept their fate or survive. The violence and gore in these films always add to their flavour. Indian movies, especially Malayalam, never went visceral but the recent release Lilli, directed by Prasobh Vijayan, showed no qualms about getting bloody.
Lilli is a survival thriller that talks about the ordeal and survival of Lilli, a pregnant lady portrayed by Theevandi star Samyuktha Menon. Though the movie got released after Theevandi, Lilli was the first film she acted in. The movie opens to some drab and lifeless dialogues. But later on, Lilli owns the show as the movie gets intense. Samyuktha definitely proved her mettle in this film. The other cast members including Aaryan Krishna Menon, Kannan Nayar, Dhanesh Anand and Sajin did their parts very well. Appu N. Bhattathiri has once again proved that he is the hottest prospect in the field of editing at the moment. The background score has its own moments and is successful in making you worried.
Survival stories are not new but Lilli’s quest to survive keeps the viewers glued to their seats. But it’s not for everyone! People already have an idea about the film after its trailer and (A) certification. But it has more than that to offer. Prasobh’s efforts are praiseworthy as he bravely added the gore to his debut venture and wooed the audience despite the (A) certification. If you are a fan of intense violent movies, this is a must-watch....