Mohanlal takes on a military role
Major Ravi must rightfully be given the credit of bringing well-crafted war films to Malayalam cinema. His own experience as an army man has come in handy in directing films that exuded a sense of realism in war sequences. While he might have occasionally lost the plot, he has proven that he knows the craft of films centred on war and cross-border strife, especially with Picket 43.
Now he is back with an out-and-out war film, complete with all the JP Dutta-esque elements of family, call of duty, brotherhood, chivalry and loud notes of patriotism. 1971:
Beyond Borders is now playing at theatres in the UAE. With Mohanlal reprising the role of Major Mahadevan, the canvas of the film is bigger. It goes right back to the fierce 1971 war waged between India and Pakistan, and has Mohanlal playing the unbeatable hero, saluted even by foes.
Also starring Arunoday Singh, Allu Sirish, Sudheer Karamana, Saiju Kurup and Asha Sharath, among others, the film opened to mixed reviews in Kerala. But if you bring down your expectations a few notches, maybe this war film could make the weekend trip to theatres worthwhile.