One Line Review: Minnal Murali is a well-made desi Superhero movie!
Mollywood was an Industry that had not much to offer when it comes to the genre of Super-Hero movies. The budget or the limitations of the industry could have been a constraint for this. To be more precise, India itself don’t have much widely accepted Superheroes except for Krrish. It was to this situation, Basil Joseph was all geared up introduce a new superhero. A Desi-Superhero, according to him.
“Kerala Delivers India’s first great superhero film.”~ Hindustan Times
Our review for Minnal Murali is 09/10.
The movie is set on a rural background, in a village called Kurukkanmoola. A youngster Jaison who’s also a tailor, suffering from a heart-break gets struck by lightning and attains Superpowers. Parallelly, a Man named Shibu too is struck by lightning and gets superpowers for himself too. Shibu who’s obsessed with his childhood love Usha is adamant to get her interested in him. Also not knowing how and where to direct his superpowers too, Shibu ends up committing crimes due to mental unstableness.
Shibu starts framing Jaison aka Minnal Murali for the crimes he is committing and Jaison must step-up now to save his own face and his people from a greater evil.
To make a convincing Super-Hero movie in India is too tough. For people who are habituated with the Marvel and DC universe heroes, to accept a super-hero from Indian origin will be a hard task. Krrish did manage to turn a few heads though but failed utterly with its sequels. Apart from that, we haven’t had a real-superhero so far for ourselves.
Basil Joseph thus had to manage all these and tick all the boxes to make Minnal Murali a widely accepted superhero. His approach to create a desi-superhero, surprisingly had done very well among all kind of audience. Along with focusing on the super-hero part, Basil also was keen to present a pretty good story via Minnal Murali. Adapting his own words, he wanted to present a super-hero movie that should look good even if the super-hero element is removed.
Tovino Thomas was brilliant as Minnal Murali. There can’t be anyone else currently from Mollywood who can pull off a superhero more well than him. With his screen presence, the actor has conquered people’s mind as a new superhero. But, Guru Somasundaram was the show stealer. What a performer he was! Rather than just presenting a cliché supervillain to give the protagonist a tough time, Basil focused on establishing the supervillain’s character in a really neat and detailed way, thus giving Guru Somasundaram’s Shibu a reason for being what he is.
With his amazing reactions, acting and dialogue delivery, Guru Somasundaram for sure made an impact on the viewer’s. This is how a super villain should be and this is what we have been lacking till now.
Coming to the important part, the VFX of the movie, where things usually go wrong, Basil was hell bent on not compromising. All the CGI and VFX shots were pulled off in a very very neat way, that you will go wow.
With everything executed neatly, Basil Joseph can now proudly say that he presented India it’s own, first Desi-Superhero!
Finally, from Kerala, India gets a Superhero movie we deserve!