Kumbalangi Nights (2019) is an offbeat rom-com by director Madhu C. Narayanan, an unbelievable debut film for him. Even for a Malayalam cinema, the first-half goes extremely slow, expending a lot of time in setting the mood, but after that, the film shifts to a higher gear and was rewarding watch.
It is about four (half) brothers who lead a slothful life, fighting with each other all the time, they are as far away from being a family. Living in a half-completed house on the sides of a mucky lake, they don’t even get up to do the work they know well-fishing. In this context, one of the brothers “Bobby” falls in love with a well-educated girl “Baby” from the same village, Baby’s sister’s husband, the de facto head of her family is against their love. How the brothers bond together, manage to change their lives to become a little better and get the loving couple together is the story, been told with an unconventional screenplay.
Fahadh Faasil plays the role of the bad guy realistically in the film. Appearing as the brothers, Shane Nigam as Bobby Napoleon, Soubin Shahir as Saji Napoleon and Mathew Thomas as Franky Napoleon have done their roles well, they were perfect for their respective roles. Anna Ben is one of those charming heroine, allowed to be natural onscreen without any glamorous makeups, a rarity for Indian cinema.
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