Bangalore Days is a beautiful narration of unspoken love. Not only does director and writer, Anjali Menon make one fall in love with the city all over again, but also surprises the audience with the less expected, fine direction.
Bangalore Days is not your average ‘run-of-the-mill’ story. It begins different from the very start and continues to be impressively different till its finish.
The movie breaks away from chaos of busy Bangalore into the green embraces of Kerala. It is a story about three cousins, who grew up together only to be separated physically in adulthood. Their parents barely connect, but they simply can’t get enough of each other.
Kuttan, Divya and Arjun, the amigos that eat together; weirdly sometimes sleep together and dream of a fun vacation together in Bangalore. Basically they’re close like paper and lots of glue. So, an intro of the cousins;
Meet Kuttan (Nivin Pauly), a typical cheta with his legs stuck in two dimensions; the saints and the sinners. He wishes deeply to be the latter but the overpowering saint within him seldom reveals the sinner. As he works tiringly in Bangalore, he is in optimistic search of a traditional Malayalee partner who will recreate the musk of Kerala (as he knew it) everyday, a wish that is only granted as the movie climaxes.
Meet Divya (Nazriya Faasil), a beautiful girl who plays a bimbo for the first half of the movie. She is confused to the greatest height of confusion. Her parents wish to get her married; she does so and moves to Bangalore with no qualms or opinions. However, towards the intermission, Divya’s role does emit some substance. Thankfully.
Meet Arjun (Dulquer Salmaan), biker at day, graffiti artist at night and RJ stalker at noon. He looks splendid throughout the film making all the women gain the best of their money’s worth. Secretly in love with RJ Sarah (Parvathy Menon), he is the most interesting character in the movie. Most normal I’d like to mention.
When Divya moves to Bangalore, she is frequently abandoned by husband (Fahadh Faasil), only to realize her biggest dream of roaming carelessly in Bangalore with her beloved cousins. They have a gala time in his absence and then the movie unfolds inch by inch, into a slow, but good composition.
The other leads, Parvathy Menon and Fahadh Faasil have contributed beautifully to the script with utmost sincerity. Actually, the best performances are by them.
Parvathy is so dignified and pleasant, while Fahadh is extraordinary as broken and disinterested. Though the movie has very little to do with Bangalore or the spirit of the city, the movie is a nostalgic concoction of great visuals complemented by great music. It teaches one to be optimistically hopeful in life, be adaptable to change and to subtly bury history’s bruises.
Give it a try. It is a nice watch.