Nonsense (2018) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


MC’s ‘Nonsense’ is a bitter sweet concoction that leaves you confounded; partly on account of the sparkles that it has on offer, and partly because of its lack of consistence. This is however a film that is a dare for sure, since it boldly crushes the conformities associated with structure and plot, and tries its hand at something distinctly diverse.


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MC’s ‘Nonsense’ is a bitter sweet concoction that leaves you confounded; partly on account of the sparkles that it has on offer, and partly because of its lack of consistence. This is however a film that is a dare for sure, since it boldly crushes the conformities associated with structure and plot, and tries its hand at something distinctly diverse.

 ‘Nonsense’ struck me as having been divided between two distinct plot boxes, one of which carries noticeable flares of a gifted film maker and the other evidently displaying the failings of its writer. The film talks of a story that runs its course over a couple of days, and as such is one that walks a different path, albeit not an entirely smooth one.

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Arun (Rinosh George) is a higher secondary school student who has been having trouble at school, especially since his class teacher Sheena (Shruti Ramachandran) has not been quite happy with his overtly casual ways. The young boy has his mind fixed on becoming a BMX rider, and shares the backbench of the class with a chirpy, mischievous Mathew (Sreenath Babu).

The former plot box that has been mentioned earlier, contains within, moments pulled off Arun’s day at the school, where he reaches late, with an incomplete imposition, mud on his shoes and wearing a jeans with his tie knot all loose round his neck. Thrown out of class, it’s a real bad day without doubt, and the physical education instructor (Kalabhavan Shajon) takes him over to the playground and hands over a few menial tasks to be finished off before the bell rings for the hour.

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The latter plot box focuses on what transpires when an unanticipated harthal wreaks havoc on human lives. It’s here that the film nosedives into a heap of sermons, and very soon floods itself with a deluge of counsels for the warring political parties, maintaining a carefully selected representation from all possible suggestive groups that we are familiar with.

MC’s depiction of the classroom is delightfully framed, and in a few sequences, one dearly wishes the film has stayed at school. Quizzed during the Physics class, the blackboard comes to life, and an animated solution floats about in Arun’s mind, even as he scratches his head trying to unearth the answers. Out on the ground, when a couple of friends ask him how tall the flag mast might be, Arun comes up with an uncomplicated solution, which implies that the boy, is more than all right.

The message is all loud and clear, and certainly not one that we are hearing for the first time. But there is a likability to Arun that cannot be missed, just as the ordinariness that makes the auto rickshaw driver Santhosh (Vinay Fort) relatable to the core. Arun is a boy sans any complaints, and all that he probably wants is to be left alone with his tiny speckles of happiness, in peace.

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I simply loved Rinosh George in ‘Nonsense’, and would rate his performance as nothing short of first rate, and it was heart-warming to see Vinay Fort in a role that requires him to effortlessly perform. Shruti Ramachandran delivers a knockout performance as the stern teacher with a watchful eye, while Sreenath Babu deserves an applause for the share of mirth that he has managed to tag along.

MC’s ‘Nonsense’ is not exactly what its title suggests; it has some sense infused into a plot that with a little bit of tweaking could have transformed it into a fine film. As such, it’s a film that strikes you as a showcase for the filmmaker’s promising sensibilities, but which in itself has been marred by its attempts to stuff in much more than it could possible take.


Verdict: Mixed Bag


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