Meghamallhar (2001)- Biju Menon, Samyuktha Varma, Siddique

Overall: 4 out of 5

Thanks to Kamal’s engaging directorial style, a cleverly crafted script and fine performance by the lead cast, Meghamalhar adds up to the superior quality cinema. Mathrubhumi and Asianet have jointly produced this film, which keeps the flag of uncompromised cinema flying. The theme of the film is offbeat in a Kerala society - an extra-marital affair of two married people, which has been deftly handled by Kamal.

Rajeev (Biju Menon) a leading advocate bumps into well-known writer Nandini (Samyukta Varma) at a local bakery, where they had come to buy birthday cakes for their respective children. Nandini’s husband Mukundan (Siddique) is in the gulf while Rajeev’s wife Rekha (Poornima Mohan) is a bank employee. By the twist of fate Rajeev and Nandini keeps on meeting each other accidentally and a strong bond grows between them. Their interests are common and Rajeev tells her how he likes her story Meghamalhar and soon they realize that they are in love. Ironically they were childhood friends in their village from where they both hail, and Nandini knows this. Soon their friends who knew about their affair try to bring them closer. At that point things do get a bit melodramatic and contrived.

However the film has some substance and is a mature love story. Full marks to Director Kamal for handling the subject very sensitively. And the lead pair Biju and Samyukta, said to be real life lovers have done a neat job. The film leaves you feeling quite high about Malayalam films.

Directed by Kamal
Music by Raveendran
Lyrics by Kaithapuram
Produced by Asianet, Mathrubhoomi
Songs sung by: Yesudas, Chithra, Sujatha, MG Sreekumar

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