- 118 hr
Arike is a 2012 Malayalam romantic drama film directed by Shyamaprasad and starring Dileep, Mamta Mohandas, and Samvrutha Sunil. The story follows the life of Shantanu (played by Dileep), a loner and a travel photographer who lives a solitary life in Mumbai, away from his family in Kerala. One day, he accidentally meets a young and free-spirited girl, Natasha (played by Samvrutha Sunil), who seems to have a carefree attitude towards life. Shantanu is instantly drawn to her and is intrigued by her carefree ways.
Soon after, Shantanu receives a phone call from a family member informing him that his mother has taken ill and he must return home to Kerala. On his way back, he meets his childhood friend, Nimmi (played by Mamta Mohandas), who is now a successful businesswoman. Despite their years of separation, they pick up right where they left off and reminisce about their childhood memories. However, things take a turn when Shantanu realizes that Nimmi is now engaged to someone else.
Shantanu's return home brings up painful memories from his past, including the death of his father and his estrangement from his sister. As he struggles to come to terms with his family's problems, he finds solace in his bond with Natasha. Through Natasha's carefree nature, he learns to let go of his inhibitions and live life to the fullest.
As Shantanu falls deeper in love with Natasha, he begins to question his unresolved feelings for Nimmi. His emotions are put to the test when he discovers a shocking secret about Nimmi's fiancÃ©.
Arike is a beautifully shot film that explores themes of love, loss, and self-discovery. The performances by the lead actors are powerful and moving, especially Dileep's portrayal of a man searching for his place in the world. The film's soundtrack, composed by Bijibal, perfectly captures the emotions of the characters and adds to the film's overall impact.
Overall, Arike is a thought-provoking film that leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. It asks important questions about love and the choices one makes in life, and is a must-watch for fans of Malayalam cinema.