Pazhassi Raja, the Movie, spanning 3 hours 15 minutes, is essentially a war movie, based on one of the first struggles of Indian Independence. Being based on history, it leaves very little or no scope for melodrama. And yet, or maybe hence, the sequence of events with amazing visual and audio effects make it a treat to watch.
Spoiler Alert: You probably would not want to read the following if you haven’t watched the movie yet, though I am not giving away too much.
Some breathtaking scenes from Pazhassi Raja:
* The Introduction of Sharat Kumar (Edasseri Kunkan)
* The hanging of Thalackal Chanthu – Manoj K Jayan’s moment of glory
* Neeli and her band of women fighters cheering Pazhassi Raja
* The last breath of Kaitheri Ambu (Suresh Krishna)
* The evacuation from the forest before the British soldiers arrive to capture Pazhassi Raja
* The last moments of Edasseri Kunkan – seeing the redcoats reflected in the water, and after
* The attack on the fort by Pazhassi’s army
* The last shots on Pazhassi Raja
* The rare, yet present, subtle Mammootty moments
* Sharat Kumar
* Despite it being a patriotic movie, there was no surge of patriotism on watching it.
* Hollow-sounding words by the British Officer when Pazhassi lies dead.
* The Matrix-style flying sequences in combat could have been avoided.
* The exit of the British lady on seeing the gruesome hangings seemed a bit overdone.
Like it or not, it is a movie you would not want to miss.