C U Soon
Cast: Fahad Faasil, Roshan Mathew, Darshana Rajendran
Director: Mahesh Narayanan
Young girls being lured into prostitution shouldn’t be one thing we’ve not seen earlier than on the display screen. Especially when they’re picked from poorer international locations like India and despatched to usually the Middle East. Their cellphones and passports are taken away, and the shocked girls – who had been promised jobs overseas as maids in wealthy households – are mentally and bodily abused into submission.
There have been a number of movies on this. Even a number of weeks in the past, Khuda Haafiz, tackled the identical topic of how a newly-married lady is distributed to the Gulf on knowledgeable task (with the promise that her husband would quickly have the ability to be part of her), that results in her being compelled to function a name woman.
C U Soon is about Kevin Thomas (Fahad Faasil), who’s a cyber specialist dwelling within the United Arab Emirates. When his cousin, Jimmy Kurian (Roshan Mathew), additionally dwelling within the UAE, falls in love with Anu (Darshana Rajendran) – having met her on the internet – he feels he must know extra about her. So, he asks Kevin for assist, who provides a clear chit concerning the woman, who’s within the UAE as effectively.
Everything appears hunky-dory. Anu even strikes in with Jimmy – though it’s unlawful for a person and lady to remain collectively in that a part of the world with out being married. But when Jimmy notices bruises on Anu’s face, he presumes that it will need to have been her father ill-treating his daughter.
It is at this level the movie takes on the type of a thriller. While Khuda Haafiz packed in a whole lot of motion, C U Soon stays throughout the 4 partitions of a home or typically Kevin’s or Jimmy’s workplace. Kevin makes use of his cyber-security expertise to decipher the CCTV footage of Jimmy’s flat. There is a whole lot of prying and spying, and the messages between Kevin and Jimmy on their laptop or cell phone screens are positioned in a method that they do impede the narrative. In truth, a lot of the plot unfolds by means of cellphone/laptop messages.
Mahesh Narayanan’s newest Malayalam work, C U Soon, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video, beats the identical theme however is apparently made and thrilling to observe. An glorious script and revolutionary modifying carry this love story of despair and hope with out stepping into the same old melodramatic mode.
Though shot through the lockdown with digital mediums, the film has its constraints. Obviously, there can solely be a single character on the display screen at a time, and I’m wondering why the director didn’t use, as an illustration, Zoom.
Another drawback, Narayanan himself identified in a dialog with Scroll, “… cutting from continuously filmed action to any other shot, or using lengthy montages to denote the passage of time, could not be employed as they are in traditional movies…There I apply virtual cinematography. It is where I have edited the film, and then tweaked with the footage, amplify a section, pan across the screen, zoom in or zoom out to add tension and drama to the movie”.
However, the result’s actually fantastic and there may be by no means a uninteresting second. In these 90 minutes, C U Soon takes to unfold its storyline in an amazingly revolutionary method. Certainly, Narayanan’s expertise as a storyteller are spectacular, and he turns a weather-beaten incident right into a riveting watch. In the tip, what stands out shouldn’t be a lot that Anu is brutally handled, as it’s her love story – considered one of anger, anguish and sheer helplessness. Jimmy’s despair is explored with sensitivity.
An extremely nice efficiency by Faasil — whose calm and delicate, however clever dealing with of his cousin’s mess, provides to the novelty of telling a story in these attempting instances, when standard types of making cinema are on maintain.