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North 24 Kaatham (U)

  • Starring :
    Fahadh Faasil, Swati Reddy, Nedumudi Venu
  • Language : Malayalam Genre : Drama
  • Synopsis :

    The film traces the journey of four people stranded on a hartal day and how a youth with a personal disorder goes in for a transformation.

  • Director :
    Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
  • Music Director :
    Govind Menon
  • Duration: 2 hrs & 6 mins

Synopsis

The film traces the journey of four people stranded on a hartal day and how a youth with a personal disorder goes in for a transformation.

Critic's Review

North 24 Kaatham, for all its warmth, is slightly perplexing while dealing with its core theme of a man's transformation. The film is about a nerdy techie named Hari who seeks periodic medical attention for his compulsive disorder. Fahadh fits into this role brilliantly, his mouth sealed as though for eternity and his face drained off the last trace of tenderness.

His expression is one of perennial tautness bordering on self-centred indifference. Not even his father or mother is spared; his colleagues feel singed by his ways and Hari doesn't even feel that others exist around him. One night during a train journey, he decides to bear the weight of a personal loss of a stranger; the stiffness melts in a surge of warmth in no time. The torment is festered by the fact that he undertakes this mission on a hartal day when he sets off to a place with an old man, a young girl and a Gulf returnee for a reason his innate, detached nature never comprehended.

It appears more than fatuous for a person under rigorous medical care for a personal disorder to feel for someone else, and that too, someone he hasn't even met before. He even steps aside as the same person faints in front of him hardly moments before as though avoiding a filthy creature. The fluctuation of thought happens in the blink of a second-something that leaves a slur on the progression of scenes to follow, no matter how likable the scenes might be.

Even this transformation is convoluted. It's as though Hari breaks off into dual personalities: one who cares for a stranger and another who continues to retch at stinky toilets and to brush his seats with the tissue paper. There is a scene when the girl Narayani ( Swati Reddy) hands over a new-born baby to Hari. He holds it like an object, his look is not caressing. It is in fact a frozen stare at a plastic toy. The coldness prevails, the inherent insensitivity lingers and he would avoid a glass of water because he has seen somebody mopping their sweaty armpit.

Nevertheless Anil Radhakrishnan Menon gets his narrative going at times because of stunningly superlative performance from Nedumudi Venu and Fahadh who redeem a flawed plot with a restraint, so natural to them. The illogical course of their path on a hartal day is enlivened by some beautiful frames. North 24 Kaatham is a watchable film for its flow and choice of subject.

Reviewed By - Aswin J Kumar, TNN.

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  • Rating 05

Review posted within last 6 month

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  • Rating 3.55

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'North 24 Kaatham' is an articulation of the randomness of life; of chance and arbitrariness that brings about smiles and rekindles hopes. The emotional pitch that it maintains is mighty, which makes it a highly compassionate film that also marks a brilliant directorial debut.

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted within last 6 month

Pretty interesting movie. Good acting by everyone. I would love movies that can be watched repeatedly - at least random scenes.

  • Rating 05

Review posted more than 6 month ago

The newspapers and official reviews called this another road movie. In a sense,it is. Despite the relevance of the title , North 24 Katham is more a social story than road journey. Fahaad Faasil is Hari- an IT professional afflicted with Obsessive Compulsive disorder- he is a routine freak, a hygeine monster and socially impaired. To me his character appeared heavily borrowed from Dustin Hoffmann's Rainman hence more Asperger than pure OCD. He is chosen to represent his company at a medical conference in Trivandrum and takes a train. Normally a person who shuns journeys, he finds himself on this one booked on a hartal day-a cruel joke by his office mates who are insensitive to his problems-. His co-passenger Nedumudi Venu receives a call intimating him that his wife is critically ill and in a strange turn of events a trio from the compartment- Swati Reddy , a social work trainee ( smart, savvy sensitive and of course, stunning) instantly decides she will safely accompany him to his destination and somehow Hari too reluctantly decides to tag along. The unique challenges of a hartal day in Kerala and travelling from Paravur to beyond Beypore with three strangers ekeing out their journey forms the main thread of the movie- a journey that is 24 Kathams in a Northernly direction . 24 hourse of auto/bus/van/police van/minister's jeep/a gypsy caravan and indeed boat. Acquiring other travel mates, meeting all kinds of people- helpful, hideous, and other hindrances, they finally make their way. It is of course too late for Saghav (Nedumudi) and he returns home to a funeral. For Hari, it is a journey of discovery- experiences and exploring his sensitivities. Where his shrink could never penetrate, Nani (Swati Reddy) achieves with her energetic ,bubby tough (and a petite pretty package)-he undergoes a transformation and appears relieved to be allowed to smile often in latter half of the movie . Nedumudi delivers yet another acting masterclass as Saghav Gopalan . Swati Reddy is excellent as are all the other cast. I dont remember the last commercial movie in which the heroine wears just one outfit in the entire film. The musical score blends with film, and the Kerala preens her varied landscape, waterscape and hillscape locales for a visual fest under cinematographer Jayesh Nair's camera . There are other interesting characters esp the wandering Kutchi/Tamil family who share no common language other than of love. A great plus I would award to Anil Radhakrishnan Nair( the director) is that all his female characters are presented with strength and positivity. Overall a good film- and you will not regret your time spent in watching. Fahaad's character was a little overdone in my humble opinion-and looked like he was directed to perform such .To me the journey beyond the travel was the more happening one.

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Felt something different after watching so many bored NG movies

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

just a watchable movie

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

A normal story....but the actors made it Glow!! Malayalam movies on a flip side...

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Nice to see the acting of Fahad Fazil. But felt like movie lost its rhythim on course. But a watchable movie

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Rise and shine dear Indians and get the shining power of India back. Lets rid it from the evils of corruption, unaccountability, apathy and pseudo secularism. Lets join hands and work towards a glorious future for India in 2014 with Namo.

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Nice Movie

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

one time watchable

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