Parava Review: An emotionally engaging realistic entertainer by Soubin Shahir
The much-anticipated flick Parava, directed by popular actor Soubin Shahir, had finally graced the big screens. Parava is his first directorial venture and this flick was written by him in association with Muneer Ali. Anwar Rasheed and Shyju Unni together bankrolled this flick under the banners named Anwar Rasheed Entertainment and The Movie Club. Young Star Dulquar Salman had played an extended cameo in it. Two child artists played the central characters in this flick and along with them actors like Shane Nigam, Arjun Hraisree Ashokan, and Zinil Zainudheen also played important characters. Director Soubin Shahir had played the negative character in this movie.
The plot of this flick revolves around the life of two children named Ichappi and Haseeb. Both were breeding pigeons at Ichappi’s home and they want to participate in the Pigeon race competition. While telling their story, the plot moves through the lives of characters played by Shane Nigam, Arjun Hraisree Ashokan and Zinil Zainudheen. It also tells how the character named Imran played by Dulquar Salman influences the course of their life.
Soubin Shahir had done a very good job as a director and writer. As a writer, along with Muneer Ali, he created very realistic plot situations and the dialogues were very natural. Then, as a director, he had given such a beautiful visual language to the screenplay that it touched the heart of the audience emotionally and aesthetically. In most part of the film, the child characters occupy the screen space. Still, Soubin has been able to make the audience engaged in the plot and that speaks volumes about his craft as a director and also as a writer. The placing and presentation of the character played by Dulquar Salman have been fantastic and it boosted the energy level of the film. It has comedy, romance, action, emotion etc in it to make the audience sit through till the very end. The first half has been fabulous and compared to the first half, we can say that second half was a bit slow and on the predictable line. Still, they managed to conclude the film with a decent and emotionally appealing climax.
Performances from those two child artists who played Ichappi and Haseeb were just amazing and it was they who become the soul of this movie. They were just living as the character and the credit here goes to the director as well. Youngsters like Shane Nigam, Zinil and Arjun also played their part with conviction. Dulquar Salman, as usual overshadowed everyone with his towering screen presence and dialogue delivery style. Other artists like Shine Tom Chacko, Siddique, Indrans, Jaffer Idukki, Srinda etc too done very well in it, Two named need special mention as actors and they are Sreenath Bhasi and Soubin himself, who played the negative characters surprisingly.
DOP from Little Swayamp has been great and his realistic and energetic visuals became the backbone of the narration. Music from Rex Vijayan has been good as well. Editing was done by Praveen Prabhakar and his cuts had provided a smooth flow to the movie, even though in the second half there was a little lagging.
In total, Parava is a very good realistic entertainer which will never disappoint you as a film lover and it will surely give you a new cinematic experience. There is a novelty in its theme and also in the way they had presented it.