Malayalam Reviews

Sara’s(2021) : A light hearted yet important film!!

Jude Anthany Joseph’s Sara’s is a pleasantly told feel good drama which handles a sensitive topic in an effective manner. Though the movie is not without several bumps, there were so many small incidents and dialogues which we can take away from this slice of life drama.

Sara (Anna Ben) is an aspiring director currently working on the script of her first project while associating several others. She meets Jeevan (Sunny Wayne) during a visit to a forensic surgeon, who happens to be Jeevan’s sister, as part of information gathering for her script. They strike a chord instantly when they learn that they have a lot in common especially when it comes to the matter of leading a child-free married life. They get married and pursue their ambitions in their respective fields. But things promised may not remain the same when there are many external factors including family and relatives which can influence the couple’s decisions on marriage, pregnancy, and career ambitions.

Most often, the films that discuss anything about the institution of family turns out to be preachy and takes one sided approach to lecture about family life and parenthood. But quite refreshingly, Sara’s takes the right approach in delivering its message across. The movie depicts how the external pressures work when it comes to taking even personal decisions quite well. While Sara’s parents supports her and her fun loving dad stands with all of her decisions, Jeevan’s mother is old school and expects Sara to follow the acceptable norms of society. Then, we have Jeevan who gets swayed by the external factors even though he wants to support Sara. But Sara’s vision of life is bold and direct. She wants to make a mark in the world instead of just looking after children and sitting at home. Many people including women may not be on Sara’s side here but here’s where the movie hits the right notes in handling this sensitive subject in hand. It doesn’t demonise the people who stand against Sara, so has the potential to reach more audience.

New comer Akshay Hareesh’s script sticks to the Subject in hand through out the movie. It may have generic situations through out, but most of the dialogues and some silences in between have worked so well for me. Some of the dialogues were even par with the slice of life dialogues from Dear Zindagi, one of my favourite movies when it comes to relationships and family. The supporting words Sara receives from her father in a midnight telephonic conversation and interaction between Dr Hafeez (Siddique) and the couple were the take away dialogues for me like the kursi(chair) scene interaction between Dr. Jahangir Khan and Kaira in Dear Zindagi.

The movie is not without its fair share of potholes as well which may not be significant as for a feel good drama. But one significant problem which could have been avoided is the ages of the two kids in the movie. For the span of two years the kids never grow and the younger one especially remains 1 year old baby even after 2 years in the movie. The makers just ignore it in the hope that the viewers would ignore it just like the mistake of costume continuity in the reel movie in which Sara works as an associate!

The movie is built around its titular character and so spends most of its first half showing her character traits and how she deals with different situations. From breaking up with her high school lover after revealing her intention of not having children, to taking stairs to avoid an interaction with a stranger in a lift, we pretty much gets to know Sara from all the angles. Anna Ben grabs the women centric role with yet another spectacular performance and lifts the movie as a whole here. Sunny Wayne gives a controlled performance as Jeevan and to an extend overcomes his usual problem with dialogue delivery. They formed a convincing on screen couple. Benni P Nayarambalam is excellent as Sara’s father Vincent, and Mallika sukumaran is apt as Jeevan’s mother. Dhanya Varma as Jeevan’s sister Sandhya is probably the weakest link in the cast as she seemed struggling with her dialogue delivery everytime.

Nimish Ravi’s visuals are once again quite beautiful who has done a visual spectacle in Luca (2019). Shan Rahman’s songs are placed quite well in the movie, especially the song ‘Ravoram Novum’ which in its last part blends to the recording session of the film inside film.

Sara’s is a light-hearted movie which handles a sensitive issue in a very tidy manner, with Anna Ben yet again proving she can single handedly shoulder a film to good effect!

By sreenathjvm

I am a healthcare professional. An ardent movie lover. Writing about movies forever has been an obsession.

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