Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)
Mangaluru, Apr 22: 'Ashem Zalem Kashem/ Incha Anda Encha', a two-hour and fifteen minute long Konkani -Tulu bilingual movie screened at theatres of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi on April 21 has all the ingredients of a super hit film.
The movie can be compared to any good film in other regional languages. Well-known music composer, lyricist and singer Maxim Periera has taken an unconventional approach for his first movie. He has cast experienced actors as well as newcomers in the lead roles and has resorted to telling a suspense story, while sticking with the trending formula of situational humour.
No doubt, it will be a trendsetter and add a new dimension to Coastalwood cinema, especially in the Konkani movie industry. Maxim has tried his best to make this movie a family entertainer. The film successfully captures the attention of the audience; thanks to its beautiful screenplay and deviations. The film sets a new level of filmmaking in the Konkani film industry.
The director and scriptwriters succeed in adding suspense and emotional layers towards the end of the film.
The story is mainly based on the flashback of incidents of two families and slowly builds up with the current incidents of these families. Love, passion and revenge make the plot interesting, with an appealing screenplay to match.
The director has managed to visualise the climax sequences without losing the much needed severity that the script demands. The incidents captured in film make the audience relate to the story. The scripwriters get full marks for the smooth transitions in the plot and narration. They beautifully mix the peculiar dialect of Mangalureans, their attitude, and the inherent humour that makes the film so special. Majority of the comedy part of the movie has been written in Tulu. As a multilingual movie, it successfully maintains a fine balance in both languages. The class action sequences raise the standard of this movie.
But what gives such an authentic feel to the film is its cast, comprising a fine mixture of experienced and amateur talents. Each one of them performs with great confidence and earnestness. Lead actor Roopesh Shetty gives an impressive performance alongside female lead Sinol Menezes, while Ranjitha Louis of 'Noshibacho Khell' fame and Jennifer D'Souza accompanied by Rohan and Nikith do full justifice to their roles. Ranjitha, whose past movie experience comes in handy, deserves appreciation. Senior and experienced actor Gopinat Bhat has made his presence felt in the negative role with a remarkable performance in some important scenes. Umesh Mijar, Judith D'Souza, Colin Mascarenhas, Jeevan Vas, Joseph Mathias, Roshan Paldane and others too have given good support. Also, there are a few genuine actors who surprise the viewers with their performances.
'Ashem Zalem Kashem/Incha Anda Encha' moves ahead at its own sweet pace and a rapid one at that, and establishes that it's a maniacal comedy that thrives on its one-liners and yarns, which are genuinely funny. The movie packs umpteen laugh-out-loud moments, especially with Bhojaraj Vamanjoor and Aravind Bolar in top form. The duo excels in the comic timing and clean dialogues.
The movie is also loaded with songs. Music by Patson Pereira is perfect for the atmosphere and the two pulsating numbers 'Mogachem geeth' penned by Wilson Kateel and 'Joyline' penned by Maxim himself are colourfully presented at the right time in the movie. The poetic solo 'Ashem Zalem Kashem' rendered by Maxim is lovable. Background score is energetic. No song is forcibly pushed into the story. All songs are situational which is probably rare in recent times.
The technical department has done its part well, especially with audio 5.1 mixing, done at Daijiworld Audio Visuals, Mangaluru. The cinematography captures the beauty of coastal Karnataka but doesn't offer anything new. The movie is technically rich.
All in all, 'Ashem Zalem Kashem' is a suspense-cum-comedy entertainer that's sure to taste success at the box-office.