‘Ilaveezhapoonchira’, an elevated hamlet in Kottayam, is best known for its view of the wild hills and the Malankara Dam. These stunning visuals find their place in Shahi Kabir’s directorial project Ela Veezha Poonchira, which hits theaters on July 15th.
The film begins by showing Madhu, a police officer played by Soubin Shaheer, who is in charge of a wireless police station located at the top of the hill. He is joined by two other cops, played by Jude Athany Joseph and Sudhy Koppa.
The first part of the film gives us a glimpse of the work schedule of the police station officers who manage the wireless transmissions of the four adjacent counties.
The movie soon gets intense after a body part is discovered on the station grounds. Both Madhu and Sudhy (Sudhy Koppa) become part of the investigation. Emotions and suspicions run high and build the plot of the story.
Those familiar with Shahi Kabir’s previous works – “Joseph” and “Naayattu” on which he worked as a screenwriter – would know that he is no newbie when it comes to thrilling crime fiction. He knows how to weave in the tension necessary for such stories. His strength, however, is his ability to tell a story fluidly without unnecessary subplots confusing the audience, who navigate smoothly through the twists and turns of both the story and the characters.
The film is full of suspense that lasts until the very last scene. The eerie soundtrack does justice to the song-devoid movie. All the actors did their role justice. Soubin, whose recent film choices have faced a lot of criticism, looks like he’s in a comfortable space on the film. The actor, best known for his comedic roles, proves once again that he feels very comfortable shouldering a film that requires him to play intense characters. While we sometimes miss his sense of humor, it’s nice to see him experimenting with his roles.
Sudhy Koppa is just as good in the film. The creators carefully constructed his role and gave his character multiple layers as the film progressed. The rest of the actors are all equally good.
Nidhish G and Shaji Marad are the film’s screenwriters. Without much drama or dialogue, the film manages to keep the audience hooked until the very last scene, subtly and effectively balancing pathos and suspense.