Makal Film Review: A tender father-daughter drama

Juliet and her daughter Aparna live in Kerala, while her husband Nandan works in other countries. Nandan returns to Kerala, altering the lives of the mother-daughter combo.

Review: While our films frequently show the father-daughter relationship as a’special bond,’ in reality, it may be difficult, particularly during the adolescent years. Particularly when rebellious qualities begin to develop in the girl’s thoughts and her father becomes concerned about her safety, sensibility, and ‘a good future,’ among other things. Makal, directed by Sathyan Anthikad, depicts a father and daughter who have a troubled relationship as a result of their prolonged separation.
Nandan (Jayaram) returns to Kerala from Dubai in order to spend time with his teenage daughter Aparna aka Appu (Devika) and wife Juliet (Meera Jasmine), who haven’t seen him in years. His arrival brings a slew of changes to their warm, cosy, and ‘free’ life, especially when Nandan is forced to assume the role of Mr Mom at one point and attempts to be a disciplinarian. Makal demonstrates how Appu and Nandan investigate the complexities of the dynamic ‘without adding further sweetness to the sugarcane juice,’ to borrow a cinematic metaphor.

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For many, the film is a relevant story about the difficulties associated with reconnecting or reuniting with a parent when ties are cut for whatever cause. The parents’ affection for their daughter, a few visceral, weighted moments that wade through the common emotional baggage and miscommunication shrouded in sentiments, the stress-stained mood and frictions between different generations are all nicely shown in the film. Things spin out of control intermittently, and the characters struggle to comprehend one another, especially when the females go through their monthly emotional zigzags, and it’s excellent that the film addresses these issues.

Makal Film
Makal Film

All of the principal performers have performed admirably, but one individual who consistently illuminates the screen with his simple presence is Naslen, who portrays a young Romeo. His little expressions, words, and more are so hilarious that he occasionally overshadows the other characters on the screen. The child has a long way to go, and while many note on how monotonous his performances can be, they remain interesting at this point. Kanmaniye, the song, is also a lovely touch to the narrative.

The dramatic and abrupt switch in the story for the introduction of a new character adds some enjoyable intrigue midway through the second half, but the proceedings become a touch theatrical at times. Additionally, the novel enters into ‘Utopian’ territory near the finish, where the simple presence of someone or a few words from someone radically rectifies a situation between two people. Forcing the plot to follow such a path dulls it slightly.

Makal is recommended for those who believe they could enjoy the story of a father and daughter paddling their way through a strained relationship in order to mend it. And those of you who are more emotional can keep a tissue or two on hand in case certain situations bring a tear to your eye.

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