Sufiyum Sujatayum Review: A Poetic Premise Marred by a Poor Screenplay

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A beautiful, speech-impaired Hindu girl falls in love with a strikingly handsome Sufi saint in Malayalam film industry’s first-ever direct digital release movie, Sufiyum Sujatayum. The premise, though not entirely new, is a promising one. But does it strike a chord with the audience? Sadly, no.

The movie starring Jayasurya, Aditi Rao Hydari and debutant Dev Mohan is directed by Naranipuzha Shanavas and is produced by Vijay Babu under the banner of Friday Film House. It is the first Malayalam movie to be released on an OTT platform owing to the closure of theatres during the pandemic.

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Release date: 03-07-2020

IMDb rating: 7.9

Story:

Sujata (Hydari), a speech-impaired damsel falls in love with Sufi (Mohan), a Sufi saint who comes to visit his mentor in Sujata’s village. Sujata’s father is against their relationship and gets Sujata married to a well-to-do NRI, Rajeev (Jayasurya). Following this, Sufi leaves the village too. Ten years later, Sujata hears of the death of her lover and is devastated. Her husband brings her home in the hope that seeing Sufi one last time would give her closure. The events that follow form the remainder of the story.

Review:

The movie has the feel of a Sufiyana poem. It could be best described as a romantic musical set in a village near the Kerala-Karnataka border. With the beauty of inter-religion harmony shining through, the background of the movie is one of peace and concord.

The script, though, is not as convincing as the background. The relationship between Sujata and Sufi is vastly under-explored. Sujata is seen pining for her long lost love ten years after they are separated, but the intricacies of why she felt so strongly for Sufi is not depicted in the story. As a Sufi saint, the mental turmoil Sufi must have endured when he fell in love with Sujata too could have been portrayed to make the character seem more realistic. The pace of the movie too is pretty slow in parts.

Aditi Rao Hydari is more convincing as the broken-hearted married woman than the young girl in love. Despite having proven her acting prowess multiple times in earlier movies, she fails to blend into the role of Sujata and her performance is quite disappointing. Dev Mohan does a good job as Sufi. What is lacking in the character of Sufi is made up for by Dev’s onscreen charm. Jayasurya, as the disgruntled husband who can barely suppress his jealousy, is perfect. He leaves a mark with his performance despite the limited screen time. The supporting cast does a good job in their respective roles too.

The music by M Jayachandran deserves a special mention. The soulful music of the movie renders it a mystical feel. The cinematography too is exceptional and elevates the entire experience of the movie.

The Verdict:

Sufiyum Sujatayum had the potential to be a dreamy, romantic musical, but the flawed writing leaves the audience disappointed. It has a poetic feel to it which, sadly, is the only good thing about the movie apart from the music and cinematography. Nevertheless, it is a good one-time watch if you are looking for a simple movie to enjoy over the weekend.

Viewed and reviewed by The Review Owl.

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