The trailer of Varane Avashyamund clearly stated the film was about love, life, family and relationships. The film, which is scripted and directed by Anoop Sathyan, more than delivers on that! Anoop, who is marking his directorial debut with the movie, creates a warm and delightful world with a set of characters that are residing in an apartment complex in Chennai. What adds to the appeal of the slice-of-life story are indeed its characters - be it the single mother and French teacher Neena (Shobana) and her smart daughter Nikitha (Kalyani Priyadarshan), who only wants to tie the knot through arranged marriage or the inhibited and retired Major Unnikrishnan (Suresh Gopi), who thinks he still has enough in his tank to plan a surgical attack but shivers when it comes to attending a marriage function, and a youngster referred to as Fraud (Dulquer), who often picks a fight with his younger brother but almost has his priorities sorted out.Most of the film revolves around the relationships of these four characters who reside in the same apartment complex and how each of them influences the other, with small acts of kindness, love or just by lending an ear.
The lives of single mother Neena and her daughter Nikitha, who wants to get hitched only through arranged marriage, takes a turn after Major Unnikrishnan and a youngster called Fraud come to live in their apartment complex.
Anoop makes a fine debut and the script has enough cute and endearing moments throughout its 145-minute duration to always keep a smile on the audience's faces. But that's not where the film's strength lies, it's in the moving moments when each of the four characters talk about their past. In the first half, the pacing might seem a bit wobbly but as soon as the characters, thanks to some charming performances from the actors, win you over, you are wrapped in this beautiful world, cinematographed by Mukesh Muraleedharan.Shobana hardly seems to have missed a beat, despite being away from Mollywood for seven years. As the confident Neena, she owns every frame she is in. Suresh Gopi does the same that you almost wonder why he has stayed away so long. The veterans show that be it humour or touching moments, they know how to ace the game.For Dulquer, the character is a walk in the park. But the scene where he talks about his character's past shows his range as an actor. And credit to him for choosing to be part of such a project where he isn't a central character but adds so much value nonetheless. The movie is an effort that he can be proud of as a producer too. Kalyani too makes a confident debut, and looked assured while sharing screen space with more experienced actors. As Nikitha, her scenes, especially with Urvashi, are a standout.The film also benefits so much from the casting with the likes of KPAC Lalitha, Urvashi, Johny Anthony, Rahul Rajasekharan, Lalu Alex and Major Ravi bringing their A-game to an already stellar ensemble.
If you had to pick a flaw, it would have to be that not all four of central characters' story arcs get their due. But that could be because the director seems to have prioritised Neena's and Nikitha's stories well and the other characters are those who come into their lives. At moments, when the pace slows down, like in the mid of both halves, the music of Alphons Joseph comes to the rescue and gets it back on seamless track.
Varane Avashyamund is a feel-good movie for all audience and probably all seasons, because it is all heart.