Sunday 15 October 2017
Mamta Mohandas, Padmapriya, Srinda, Punnasseri Kanchana, Priyanka Nair
Crossroad has been presented as a portmanteau film, narrating ten stories that celebrates womanhood.
As it usually happens with anthologies, this one too has its own share of highs and lows. The package is divided into two parts with five films each and it’s the second half that has the best ones. Let’s take look at each of them, in the same order as it is seen on screen.
Oru Rathriyude Kooli (Dir: Madhupal) : Padmapriya plays Seema, a sex worker, who is witness to a gruesome accident. It’s a rather disappointing start here, with a story that is not convincing enough to make a connection with the viewers. Padmapriya barely looks like the character that she is doing and the emotions never affects us.
Kaaval (Dir: Nemom Pushparaj) : Priyanka Nair plays a bold woman who has to hide a secret from the people around her. Again a weak plot and the heavy drama fails to make an impact.
Pakshikalude Manam (Dir: Nayana Sooryan) : Mythily comes as a bird watcher who has lost the excitement in her marriage to an Indian Forest Service officer. With dramatic dialogues and a rather meek storyline, this one is also a disappointment.
Mounam (Dir: Babu Thiruvalla) : The mental tussle that a young girl goes through as she is all set to become a nun owing to pressure from her family, is shown here. It’s a relevant theme for sure, but the problem is the way it has been narrated.
Badar (Dir: Asok R Nath) : This one is said to have been inspired by true events, where a Muslim woman, played by Mamta Mohandas, takes on certain hypocritical mindsets. It’s an okay film at best.
Mudra (Dir: Albert) : Isha Talwar plays a classical dancer who meets an old friend, who is living in dire straits. All we wonder here is what the film was trying to convey here.
Lake House (Dir: Sashi Paravoor) : A wife waits for her husband and a mother waits for her son here. And our wait is for a good story, which turns to be in vain yet again.
Kodeshyan (Dir: Pradeep Nair) : The best film in the pack has an old lady, played by a terrific Punnasseri Kanchana, who has a plush apartment to live but no one to talk to. She finds a friend when she gets a puppy. Kodeshyan, scripted by filmmaker Jayaraj, is a welcome relief here and is a cut above the rest.
Cherivu (Dir: Avira Rebecca) : Srinda hires a car for a ride through a lonely place and it turns out to be quite an eventful journey. Just like Happy Journey, in Kerala Café this one turns out to be an enjoyable tale.
Pinbe Nadappaval (Dir: Lenin Rajendran) : The angst and the pain of a young bride is the theme in this one. The story has its moments and tries to make some statements.
Crossroad poses as a statement on women’s issues. But there are only a few good stories that manages to do it here.
Crossroad review- Verdict: Unimpressive attempt