Monday, September 26, 2011

Edavela


Director: Mohan
Writer: Padmarajan
Cast: Ashokan, Idavela Babu, Nalini
Year: 1982
Language: Malayalam

I watched this for the first time a few days ago. What a beautiful movie! I've always been a big fan of Padmarajan. This movie reminded me why. While watching this movie, I felt like a fly on a wall spying on other people. I felt like a voyeur, because it was so real. There wasn't a single moment (except maybe for some reaction shots), where I felt like I was watching a movie. Padmarajan created some excellent characters and Mohan does the right thing by keeping things simple. It's good writing like this that made Malayalam movies the envy of the rest of India for a while there in the 80s and 90s.


The movie is about four college kids who skip a school camp and go on a vacation to Munnar. It is the highlight of their lives, because it is the first time they're able to be on their own for so long (10 days) without parental supervision. Their plan is to get drunk and get laid. They meet a beautiful young girl about their same age living in the same hotel. Initially they are all simply interested in seducing her with the goal of bedding her. But when one of them falls in love, their friendship is tested.

My husband watched the movie with me and complained about the slow pace. But I didn't feel like it dragged at all, because I was totally captivated by the dialogues. The four main actors (Ashokan, Edavela Babu, and two others whose names I don't know) portrayed their characters well without any overacting. Nalini was also good as a girl whose beauty gives her an easy confidence.

Edavela is available on YouTube if you wanna watch it.

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