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 …