Kho Kho, directed by Rahul Riji Nair, is an enormous shock as a result of it’s an enormous, broad industrial movie. It’s very completely different from his earlier movies like Ottamuri Velicham or the excellent Kalla Nottam which received the nationwide award for greatest Malayalam movie this yr. Kho Kho is actually a sports activities drama about an underdog. And it’s form of shocking that Rahul Riji Nair felt tempted to go to this zone when his different movies have been understated and delicate—virtually like indie movies.
Maria Francis (Rajisha Vijayan) is a bodily training instructor who results in a faculty for the underprivileged. It’s distant from the place she lives and she or he’s doing this for monetary causes. Naturally, we determine that there’s going to be a terrific crew that’s going to be created by her and that she’s going to face a little bit of opposition. How is Kho Kho completely different?
The distinction comes from the very delicate touches. The movie could be very broad in its arc like most sports activities dramas, as a result of it’s mainly the identical factor. However the artistic touches are stunning. Like how Maria interacts along with her father or her husband who’s saved away for lengthy sufficient earlier than returning—we really feel that though we by no means realized that he was gone, we do after he returns.
There’s an enormous, melodramatic secret on the coronary heart of the story. Although I didn’t purchase into it fully, it was finished with class. What’s fascinating is how Maria doesn’t form the crew by simply delivering motivational speeches. She additionally tells them in regards to the errors she made in her life.
Kho Kho has wonderful performances by Rajisha Vijayan and Mamitha Baiju. The movie is an instance of how even a narrative that’s been advised typically will be made to really feel fairly contemporary once more.