Jayaraj’s Bhayanakam is 6th in the Navarasa series done by 8 times National Award winner Jayaraj after his films Karunam(2000), Santham(2000), Bheebhasta (2002), Adbhutham (2006) and Veeram (2016). The movie which stars Renji Panicker and Asha Sharath is an adaption of two parts from Thakazhi’s epic novel Kayar and won National Awards for Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography this year. Read Bhayanakam review here to comprehend what the passage is about.
The film opens with the entry of another postman to a lavish green town in Kuttanad from where a ton of young fellows has joined the armed force to battle in the Second World War. The new postman, who is somewhat crippled, had battled in the First World War and has startling war recollections. He immediately gets reinforced with villagers and everything goes well until the war increases. The postman who had till then brought the letters and cash orders from their cherished young fellows, all of a sudden turns into the transporter of dismal news. In the long run, he himself turns into a sign of death for the villagers.
Bhayanakam smells of dread and the rightful expectation of the inescapable all through. Indeed, even in the principal half of the film which is mixed with the graceful excellence of the Kuttandan scene, the lighter minutes and the characters who are in their great spirits in spite of the continuous war, there hung a foreboding shadow of something unyielding. In the second a large portion of, the film turns dull; each edge idyllically and adequately catches its vibe and even the crowd is maneuvered into that misery. To such an extent that at one point we start to feel unease at the entry of postman.
Renjipanicker has done a significant dumbfounding execution in the part of the postman. He viably and decisively acquires the subtleties of a character who has unnerving recollections of war and knows about the short-lived advances of life. Asha Sharath who assumes the part of the ever-sentimental Gowrikunjamma has worn her part perfectly. Whatever is left of the cast including Kumarakom Vasudevan and Sabith Jayaraj goes down the movie with their breathtaking exhibitions. Cinematographer Nikhil S Praveen and music director MK Arjunan merit an extraordinary specify. Bhayanakam wouldn’t be the treat it is without them.
Bhayanakam is a convincing film delightfully woven by a moving story and some magnificent exhibitions.
My Rating 4/5