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Manjummel Boys (2024)

The most talked about Malayalam movie in India currently, Manjummel Boys takes you on an unforgettable journey filled with friendship, adventure, and suspense. Directed by Chidambaram, this survival thriller is inspired by a real-life incident at the infamous Devil’s Kitchen, known as Guna Caves, in Kodaikanal. As a viewer, I was drawn into the story of a group of lifelong friends from Manjummel who set out on a trip to Kodaikanal, only to face a life-threatening situation when one of them, Subhash, falls into a deep crevasse.



What struck me most about this film, was its portrayal of friendship and loyalty. Soubin Shahir's portrayal of Kuttan, grappling with the responsibility of rescuing his friend, was both moving and authentic. Sreenath Bhasi's performance as Subhash captured the fear and vulnerability of the character with remarkable depth. The ensemble cast, including Chandu Salimkumar as Abhilash, added layers to the story, making me feel deeply invested in the characters' emotional journey.

 

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Chidambaram's direction skillfully weaved between past and present, providing insight into the characters' bond and upbringing. The cinematography by Shyju Khalid beautifully captured the scenic beauty of Kodaikanal and the ominous atmosphere of the Devil’s Kitchen, immersing me in the treacherous terrain. The music by Sushin Shyam complemented the narrative, heightening the emotional impact of key moments.


Despite the challenges faced by the characters, the film ultimately delivered a message of hope and resilience, leaving me with a sense of satisfaction and warmth.



TSHC Score: 8/10

Manjummel Boys is a must-watch for anyone seeking a heartfelt and thrilling cinematic experience. With its stellar performances, engaging storyline, and stunning visuals, the film left a lasting impression on me, reminding me of the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit.

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