Movie Title: AMBILI
Director & Writer: John Paul George
Producers: Mukesh R. Mehta, A.V.Anoop, C.V. Sarathi
Cast: Soubin Shahir, Naveen Nazim, Tanvi Ram, Vettukili Prakash, Jaffer Idukki, Neena Kurup, Sree Latha
The movie is centered on Ambili a simpleton who spreads joy and gives love to all around him and wins the love of the people around him. The story evolves around Ambili an ex-serviceman’s son and his childhood friends, Teena and Bobby. As years pass by they bonds increase and both Teena and Ambili’s friendship grows into a deep love for each other. The story takes a turn after Bobby returns. Bobby the Cycling National Champion somewhere down the line has mixed reactions for Ambili. The story is about retrieving the bonds that have been lost between childhood friends.
Soubin Shahir actor-director has again proved that he is capable to give a hit. In this movie, he has portrayed the character Ambili as a grown-up man with the mind of an innocent child. He is adorable and hilarious with boundless energy. He conveys his happiness, sorrow, and emotions well through his eyes. His body expressions the hop, skip and the jump wins the hearts of the audience. He makes you laugh and cry with him. Soubin has proved himself as an actor since Sudani from Nigeria, Kumblangi Nights, etc. From the character artist, he has become a hero who can give a major hit and attract crowds to the theaters. He has performed brilliantly well in Ambili
John Paul George the writer and director of Guppy fame has yet tried an attempt on a character like Ambili. This time it’s about an individual’s ego against innocence. He has given the correct proportions of emotions to the character Ambili. The director has chosen well to highlight Ambili’s bonding with his childhood friend. And showcases the loving and caring side of Ambili.
The film is shot in beautiful Kattappana and as the movie, moves on, the journey across India becomes a visual treat to one’s eye. The beauty of the different states Tamilnadu, Goa, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Kashmir has been captured beautifully by the Cinematographer Sharan Velyudhan Nair.
This movie marks the debut for both Naveen Nazim and Tanvi Ram. Naveen (Bobby) brother of Nazriya Nazim actor-producer has portrayed his character with ease. Tanvi (Teena) is impressive and has played her character gracefully. Neena Kurup, Jaffer Idukki and Vettukkili Prakashan have prominent roles. Sreelatha even though a small role has marked her presence as the grandmother.
The first half is enjoyable but the second half does drag a bit but it’s a nice simple movie to watch. One would like the movie for the character played by Soubin. Ambili brings a smile on your face. It is a visual treat with a simple storyline. It tells us that innocence and good companionship can change an individual’s egoistic nature.