The film is the directorial debut of cinematographer Sanu John Varghese, and has been released on Amazon Prime.
What is the story about?
Aarkkariyam throws the focus on Roy and Shirley, a couple working in Mumbai who move towards their village in Idukki to spend time during the COVID-19 lockdown. When they finally meet up with Ittyavavira, they start to find a good relationship with him. However, a surprise is thrown up when Ittyavavira decides to take the next step in life - shifting his house.
Sanu John Varghese picks a very interesting setting and a plot that has a major punch for a thriller, but then - he decides to make his film in a very laid-back, meditative manner. Aarkkariyam is alright until the interval point, which can be understood as setup, but post the interval twist which comes by, this film should have taken the route of a thriller instead of trying to turn up as a drama. The entrance of interesting characters in the second half does give us hope for what the film could deliver, but sadly, it does not live up to the potential it has.
Biju Menon is expectedly good in what is the film's lead role, with Sharafudeen and Parvathy doing what the need is. However, none of the three actors use this as an oppurtunity to punch above their weight, and have done a decent job at best.
Music & Other Departments
The film's technicalities are basic, and fulfil the requirements of the director.
The film is definitely interesting until the interval point.
The potential to pull out an exciting narrative is put back here.
Did I enjoy it?
Not much. I was disappointed by how the film didn't turn up to realize its worth.
Do I recommend it?
If you are game for slow dramas, this might pique your interest. Otherwise, you might want to skip this.