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How old are You - A beautiful film by Roshan Andrews

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How old are You - A beautiful film by Roshan Andrews

'How Old Are You' takes us along on a woman's quest to unearth her long buried identity. Armed with a bravura performance by Manju Warrier, this superbly acted and emotionally engaging drama is a keeper of a film, and quite an impressive one at that.

Nirupama Rajeev (Manju Warrier) has just turned 36, when we get to see her first, and age is a matter of growing concern for the woman who works as an upper division clerk at a government office. Her husband Rajeev Narayanan (Kunchacko Boban) aspires to emigrate to Ireland, and Nirupama is dejected having been turned down by many an Irish company for a job that would let her travel along with him. That their daughter (Amritha Anil) is least appreciative of her frantic efforts adds to her travails. 

On a bright morning, on being summoned to the IG's office, Nirupama learns that the President of India would like to have a conversation with her over breakfast. The disastrous meeting makes her the butt of Facebook jokes, and before long, she watches haplessly as her husband and daughter fly away to Ireland, promising to have chit chat sessions over Skype. As a shattered Nirupama stands aghast, in walks Susan David (Kaniha), an old classmate of hers who reminds her of the firebrand that she once had been, prompting her to take one hard look at the mirror and see beyond the grey hair strands that have been messily colored.

Nirupama's journey from an impassive government servant who hides a weekly inside her office file to a self strong woman who finally sets right her priorities in life, is one that transforms her from a slouching female to one that walks with resolute strides and a head held high. With the age old adage that triumph favors only those who are brave enough to lose ringing loud in her ears, she proves a point to herself as she finally leaves a signature in her world. 

The film perhaps cannot escape an allegation that this is the stuff that fairy tales are usually made of. Indeed, it is, and yet if you reach out to Nirupama Rajeev and her chronicle of success with a beaming optimism, it is because you so much want women like her to win in this world; it is because of that fervent desire within each of us for such fairy tales to come true. Bitter sweet, smart and insightful, here is some brilliant writing by Bobby and Sanjay, that manages to retain its heartfelt quality right from the start to the finish. 

Performances

Undoubtedly, Manju Warrier is the main highlight of the film. She has given a brilliant performance as Nirupama Rajeev. She has done a fine job indeed. Kunchacko Boban played her husband in the film. Their chemistry was impressive but, did looked odd at places. The rest of the cast including Idavela Babu, Muthumani, Kaniha, Sudheer, Lalu Alex have done their roles to near perfection.

Technical Aspects

The main highlight of the film is the concept itself. The script of Bobby-Sanjay has once again irked the thoughts of many that women are no way inferior to men and that age is not a bar for fulfilling any of their desires. Script is just brilliant. Gopi Sunder's BGM suited to the mood of the film. Cinematography by R Diwakar is also impressive. Rosshan Andrrews, as a director, has tried to bring out some good moments indeed in the film, and once again proves himself.

How old are you is a good watch not just because it is the comeback film of Manju Warrier, but also because it has got a good story to tell.

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