Storytelling school

An ordinary tale, in a rarely used storytelling format

story: The film is a coming-of-age story that goes through different stages of a man’s life and his experiences of love, tragedy, attachments and more.

Review: Watching characters evolve through life’s challenges to become who they are can be truly inspiring. In the starring Joju George – Anaswara Rajan Aviyal, we watch the life story of a young Krishnan grow into a no-nonsense ‘adult’, over the course of a handful of episodes at different stages of his life.

When his daughter calls him to share two “secrets” of his life, musician Krishnan (Joju George) is amused, but he decides to give her some company and tell her about his own life, to teach her one thing or another. of them. Aviyal shows how the duo’s journey home also turns into a travelogue of his life.

Philips and Shanil Muhammad’s film, famous for The Monkey Pen, was shot over a few years to show the metamorphosis of young schoolboy Krishnan into the man he will eventually become. The team deserves credit for trying this seldom-attempted, probably patience-testing, method of filmmaking to present such storytelling, which makes ordinary life look a little more than that, due to the sheer passage of time captured in a nutshell. Actor Sirajuddin, who plays a young Krishnan, gives a consistently devoted performance in this fast-paced study of a boy’s life and there are quite a few moments where one can identify with his sorrows, his rebellion, his confusion and other complicated emotions. The same goes for most of the other actors who played their roles well.

While the episodes featuring his school days and early days of parenthood are interesting, the presentation of the other two doesn’t draw much attention, as does the overall link of his life story over the years. journeys undertaken by the main characters. And sometimes you can’t help but think that the story itself isn’t unique, with its many predictable events and narrative dead ends, even if you don’t forget the efforts probably made to turn such a movie. There aren’t any particularly gripping events either, except, presumably, for the reality of regular events.

Although Joju George is often excellent as an on-screen father, it can’t be said that his father-daughter chemistry with Anaswara was as captivating as his previous performances. It can also likely be due to their occasional brief appearances mid-episode, but it felt like a forced act, at least in part.

Those who want to experience the movie storytelling style in which you can see the age of the actor in front of the camera, without special effects or makeup, can try Aviyal.