Bramayugam: Passionate Movie Lovers Can Try This

Mammootty’s latest film, “Bramayugam,” has been generating significant buzz among cinephiles across India, thanks to its creatively crafted posters. Now that the movie has hit the screens, let’s delve into whether it lives up to the heightened expectations.

Set in the 17th century, the story revolves around a low-born character named Thevan (played by Arjun Ashokan), who finds himself trapped in a vast, eerie forest. Desperate to return to his native place, he stumbles upon an ancient, nearly deserted mansion where he encounters the enigmatic owner, Kodumon Potti (portrayed by Mammootty). What ensues is a gripping tale of survival, laden with suspense and intrigue.

Credit must be given to director Rahul Sadasivan for daring to explore such a distinctive subject, featuring a star actor, and presenting it in black and white. “Bramayugam” emerges as a horror film with a commentary on morality, caste discrimination, and the corrupting influence of power. Sadasivan’s narrative unfolds gradually, akin to a malevolent force inching closer, steadily intensifying the suspense with each passing minute. While the second half may initially seem underplayed, the film compensates with a gripping climax that leaves a lasting impact.

Sadasivan’s direction is commendable, evident in the meticulous staging of scenes and the compelling performances he elicits from the cast.

Mammootty delivers yet another tour de force performance as Kodumon Potti, exuding a palpable sense of fear through his expressions and dialogue delivery. Arjun Ashokan impresses as Thevan, infusing his character with vulnerability and garnering sympathy from the audience. Siddharth Bharatan also shines in his portrayal of the house cook with shades of grey in his character.

In the technical departments, Shafique Mohammed Ali’s editing adds to the eerie atmosphere, while Shehnad Jala’s cinematography achieves a striking balance between terror and beauty in the black-and-white visuals. Christo Xavier’s music, devoid of heavy instrumentation, complements the narrative excellently, with standout moments during Mammootty’s intense scenes.

While “Bramayugam” boasts several positives, including Mammootty’s powerhouse performance and a gripping first half, it’s not without flaws. The pacing in the initial segments of the second half may feel sluggish.

“Bramayugam” stands out as a unique and compelling addition to the horror genre, offering a powerful cinematic experience for passionate movie lovers, regular audience may get bored.