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Madhuram, Sweet Sentimental Schmaltzy Send-off

Madhuram, Sweet Sentimental Schmaltzy Send-off

Madhuram(Malayalam, SonyLIV)

Starring  Joju George, Shruti Ramachandran, Arjun Ashokan, Nikhila Vimal and Indrans

Witten  &  Directed by Ahammed Khabeer

Rating: *** ½

At first the amount of sentimental sweetness that pours  into writer-director  Ahammed Khabeer’s modern fable  on  hoping healing and acceptance, overpowers  you.

 How  can any  film laying such a legitimate claim to realism invest so much nobility  into suffering? How could a   place  of pain, a hospital, be  used to project such  unconditional joy? The government hospital  in  Khabeer’s film is overpowered  by a lingering schmaltz . But wait. Let’s not be too hasty in dismissing this  as just another feelgood fluff film  designed to  deliver some year-end hope.

Madhuram is  eventually much more than a sum-total of its  sentimental validation. Its ‘message’ of hope in the midst  of despair and death,is  never shrill or even insistent ; it just quietly …

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