Film after film, Fahadh Faasil impresses us more with his performances. In his latest film Joji (2021) available on Amazon Prime Video, he has transformed into the youngest son of a wealthy estate owner who is authoritarian and iron fists any money to his children.
Reading the byline that ends with “Will he (Joji) succeed in achieving his dreams?” and the introduction of the character, I was expecting a comedy/success story. Instead, it was a semi-dark and crime film. The film by Dileesh Pothan gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’ for delivering a brilliant screenplay, with apt casting, and wonderful acting by everyone.
Joji (Fahadh) is the third son of Panachel Kuttappan, a college dropout who idles away his time living comfortably but with no money of his own. His elder brothers, his sister-in-law, and his nephew, all receive constant beratement from Kuttappan. Most in the family resent deeply their patriarch but are powerless. One day, an accident puts Kuttappan in a coma. What happens next and does the family recover from the shock is the story.
Apart from Joji’s character, I liked their uncle Dr Felix character played well by Shammi Thilakan and the local Priest Fr. Kevin played by Basil Joseph. The screenplay was brought to life with the location where it was filmed – the house and the estate were remote yet within a community – setting the perfect backdrop for the story.