Ennu Swantham  Sreedharan – A Moving Tale of Examples that Go Over Precepts

Ennu Swantham Sreedharan

Ennu Swantham Sreedharan (With Love, Sreedharan), a movie directed by Siddik Paravoor, is a true depiction of a real-life story of a family in Nilambur, Northern Kerala. It’s a must-watch movie in the present society where sectarian strife and conflict still exist.

It’s a great movie-watching experience – the best movie I watched in the past 12 months. While drawing the life of an unsung and unrecognised person or a family on screen, there is a tendency to go overboard and portray them as super-humans. This movie effectively tackles that difficult task and brilliantly tells the story of a do-gooder – a true good neighbour – a great family. All are based on real-life, sincerely and honestly.

The story and situations in the movie brought back memories of my grandmother who too had a troop of oldies across castes, creeds and religions. I used to enjoy them reminiscing about their good old days. When our grandmother came to live in our home which is about 12 km away from the ancestral one, these oldie troopers dropped in to spend time with her. What is depicted in the movie in the life of Amina Umma and Subaida are close to what I experienced in my childhood.

The roles played in the movie by the fish, the train and the never meeting railway tracks are apt for the story and for the occasions. Every scene and frame in the movie is well crafted by the director Siddik Paravoor, who simultaneously wielded the camera too. Shihabuddin Poythumkadav, the renowned novelist in Malayalam has narrated the real-life story well and is bound to touch the viewers’ hearts. The lyrics, written by Shihabuddin and K T Muhammed, are apt for the situation, fit the story and appear very meaningful. The singers have rendered the songs well and they deserve special mentions. Raza’s and the late Baburaj’s music score flows well with the narration. The use of natural sounds adds value to the fare. Subair Pang, the Art Director, has created the backdrop life in Malabar realistically.

All actors, especially the children and the youths, have stolen the show with their subtle acting. Women actors, generally used as props in many a movie, are different in this film with definitive roles to play. Hats off to all the performers including veteran actor Nilambur Ayisha, Nirmala (Subaida, the leading character), Vaibhav Amarnath and Sachin Roy who comes in the title role of Sreedharan. Suresh Nellikode, the Executive Producer of the movie, has transformed into Usthad Abdul Aziz Haji with his subtle performance.

Compliments to Memory Creations for bringing out such a fantastic movie of relevance. Siddik Paravoor, who proved his talent as a director through his first movie – Thahira, an attraction in the Indian Panorama 2021, at the International Film Festival of India, Goa, can proudly claim that he has brought out a great subject, very relevant to the Indian ways of living. He’ll certainly have a fabulous career ahead in executing many such memorable creations.

Col Reji Koduvath (Retd), Mississauga, Ontario

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