Life is often about revisiting the past. Sometimes we crave to relive certain moments in our lives. But there are also dark spots one wants to forget. No one escapes the lure of nostalgia though. After the preachy ‘Da Thadiya’, Aashiq Abu is back, this time with the story of five friends and their revisit to the past. An adaptation of Santhosh Echikkanam’s short story by the same name, Idukki Gold is all about drugs, alcohol, memories and a dark spot in the past life of the quintet.
The story unfolds with the homecoming of an NRI named Michael (Prathap Pothan). He publishes an advertisement in the newspaper to find his four friends of yore. As Madan (Maniyanpilla Raju) and Ravi (Raveendran) were in touch, the trio unite easily. Then they start the journey to meet Raman (Vijayaraghavan) and Antony (Babu Antony).
As the movie progresses, the lives of the five friends are revealed in detail. Everyone realises that the friendship they share is the sunshine in their lives. After much argument they decide to visit their alma mater and to savour Idukki Gold, the ganja which they used to have while they were in school. It was their lust for Idukki Gold which even led to their expulsion from the school.
The main plot of the movie is set in the swinging seventies. The beauty of Idukki and nearby areas is a high point of the film, which comes like a breath of fresh air after the mostly stale first half.
The school sequences, done by newcomers, are commendable. The five friends spend their time together drinking and smoking. But this portion could certainly have done with some snipping on the editing table.
Aashiq Abu’s forte shines through in the effortless romanticisation of the scene in which the five friends consume ‘Idukki Gold’ for the first time.
The film undoubtedly picks up pace in the second half. But the niggling feeling that a slight rework could have rendered a much better product, remains. The performances are mostly average, considering the talent of the main cast. The child artists have done a great job which stays with the viewer. Also, Shiyju Khalid’s cinematography deserves applause.
Do not go in with great expectations, and you might savour this film, but if the big names weigh on your mind, then you are most likely to come away a tad disappointed.