Bangalore Days Movie Review:
Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Nazriya, Parvathy, Dulquer Salman, Nivin Pauly
Direction: Anjali Menon
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes
Malayalam film director Anjali Menon is back with Bangalore Days after the much acclaimed Ustad Hotel. The movie has been shot with a whooping budget of Rs 8.5 crores is all about, who will migrate from Kerala to Bangalore. Bangalore Days has created a lot of buzz even before its release due to its star cast, which includes Dulquar Salman, Nivin Pauly, Fahad Fazil and Nazriya Nazim. Trailer, songs and other promotional materials of the movie has been already listed in the hit chart.
There is a scene in Bangalore Days where a youth who feels for a wheel-chair bound girl helps her get into the bus. His glances constantly flit around her face with all the love he could muster for her. He remains silent mostly. With this girl, his brashness is shadowed by silence. At one impulsive moment, he tells her, “I don’t want to walk behind you, I want to walk beside you.” The girl’s lips gently part, slightly startled, then break away into an enigmatic smile. The youth returns the smile.Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days will be loved for such stunningly subtle moments of emotions which emerge unexpectedly out of a seemingly straight narrative. Three cousins, Arjun (Dulquer), Krishnan (Nivin) and Divya (Nazriya) are placed at the centre of the narrative and they end up in Bangalore, one out of job, the other by marriage and the third one by choice. The exuberance Anjali extracts from all of them is deeply satisfying.
Story Arjun (Dulquar), Kuttan (Nivin) and Divya (Nazriya) are three cousins. Kuttan and Arjun, Software Engineer and a bike mechanic by profession respectively will be settled in Garden City Bangalore. Divya will be married to Das (Fahad), who will be working in a Bangalore based private company. Their marriage life will not be in good terms, as Das will be a workaholic guy. In this course, Divya will come to know about Das’s old love story, which makes her stay away from him.
Parvathy who plays a paraplegic radio jockey Sarah is a revelation. Sarah struggles to conceal a heart, doubtful to accept love and also a keenness for the same while chancing upon a youth whom she meets regularly. Parvathy and Dulquer combine to produce the sweetest moments of love in this film. Nazriya assures that she is one for the future.
Bangalore Days might not be charming as a whole, still Anjali shows intent in knitting together family bonds in purely comic vein, throwing up characters like a wife and husband who just drift apart from each other out of love for independent life. This is a film that talks cheerfully about love and hope. What it misses is that effervescent sense of joviality even when some of the most dynamic young actors get together on screen, forcing us to wish, the smiles were heartier and the chuckles were louder.