- 114 hr
Aabhaasam is a Malayalam film released in 2018 which revolves around a bus journey and its passengers. The film is directed by Jubith Namradath and stars Suraj Venjaramoodu, Nassar, and Alencier Ley Lopez in the lead roles. The story begins with a group of strangers embarking on a bus journey. Each of them has their own reasons for traveling and their individual stories. The passengers range from a pastor and his wife, a businessman, a Malayalam actress, a deaf and mute girl, and a transgender woman. As the journey progresses, conflicts and emotions start to surface amongst the passengers, thereby creating a roller coaster ride of events.
The director has used the bus journey as a metaphor to sync the emotions of the passengers with the audience. The dialogues and situations are presented in such a way that it makes the viewers feel like a part of the journey. The film is a perfect blend of good storytelling, suspense, and chaos.
The character portrayal by Suraj, Nassar, and Alencier Ley Lopez is nothing less than brilliant. Suraj plays the role of a businessman who is catching the bus to attend a business meeting. His character adds a sense of humor to the film. Nassar plays the role of a pastor and brings in a spiritual touch to the film. Alencier Ley Lopez, who plays a transgender woman, gives a terrific performance and carries the emotions of the film on her shoulders.
The cinematography of the film is captivating. The beautiful locations, the focus on the passengers, and the way the shots were framed, add a unique touch to the film. The use of slow-motion and close-up shots effectively conveys the emotions of the passengers.
The music of the film is also notable. Bijibal has composed the music and it perfectly complements the various emotions in the film. The background score is used effectively to create an eerie feel at certain points in the film.
The director has taken a topic that is rarely discussed, transphobia, and handled it with utmost sensitivity. The film is an emotional roller coaster and keeps the audience engaged from beginning to end. The climax of the film is unexpected and leaves the audience thinking about the various issues tackled in the film.
Aabhaasam is a must-watch film that throws light on several social issues that exist in our society. It is a film that urges us to look beyond our prejudices and embrace everyone regardless of their gender, caste, or social status. The film serves as a reminder that at the end of the day, we are all human beings with emotions, dreams, and fears.