Director and Writer: Anjali Menon
Producer: M Renjith, Rejaputhra Visual Media
Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Nazriya Nazim, Parvathy, Renjith etc
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes
Much-awaited movie Koode graced the screens here in Kerala this Saturday. This movie was directed by Anjali Menon who had earlier given us the movies like Manjadikkuru and Bangalore Days. Anjali Menon had written the screenplay of this movie as well and she had written the Anwar Rasheed movie Usthad Hotel as well some years back along with her directorial movies. Prithviraj Sukumaran is playing the male lead in this movie which has been bankrolled by M Renjith under the banner of Rejaputhra Visual Media. Nazriya Nazim and Parvathy playing the female lead characters in this flick and the former was making a comeback after some years.
The plot of this flick revolves around the characters played by Prithviraj, Nazriya and Parvathy. Prithviraj plays a youngster named Joshua who comes back from abroad to his family. Nazriya plays his sister named Jenny and Parvathy plays his love interest named Sophie. The plot develops through the relationship between these 3 characters, especially the one between Joshua and Jenny. As the film has some suspense elements, revealing more about the plot will be a spoiler.
Once again Anjali Menon really impressed the audience with her skill as a writer and director. She always had received great appreciation for her filmmaking style and the way she presents a story. Now, in this film too Anjali Menon had shown her caliber as an excellent storyteller. The screenplay written by her was just superb and she had created a beautiful visual language for that screenplay as well. She had told the story in detail and the flick had everything in it to engage the audience till the very end. The characterization too has been fabulous as all those characters had life in them to make the audience identify them. This movie was pleasant and it will entertain the audience until the last moment for sure. Anjali Menon had created convincing plot situations and gave each and every character their own space to evolve in the plot itself. The dialogues too were natural and that also made the movie a realistic and entertaining one. There is a fantasy element in this movie as well.
The performance from Prithviraj as Joshua has been very good. Once again he looked very calm and composed as an actor and he certainly improved a lot when it comes to subtle acting. His onscreen chemistry with both Nazriya Nazim and Parvathy too helped him a lot to pull off this character with perfection. Nazriya Nazim also done a very good job as she had given a matured and cute performance as Jenni. She was looking great and the audience will never feel that she has been away for some years. Parvathy once again showed her caliber with a satisfying performance. Another performance to remember for from this movie was given by Renjith. He played the father character of Prithviraj and Nazriya, and he had done a wonderful job as Aloshy. Other artists like Mala Parvathy, Roshan Mathew, Sidharth Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Devan etc also done their part to perfection.
DOP of this movie is Little Swayamp and he had given some cool and beautiful visuals for this feel-good entertainer. Music was tuned by M Jayachandran and Raghu Dixit. Their tunes blended really well with the mood in the plot. The flick moved forward in a smooth pace and that too had made it an engaging cinematic experience. Praveen Prabhakar is the one who edited this flick.
In total, Koode is a really great family entertainer which will satisfy everyone if you love pleasant feel-good movies. You will never feel disappointed after watching this movie as it has been presented in a different manner with lots of fresh moments in it.