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Review Roundup: Nottam

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While there are tons of reviews for superstar movies, there seem to be almost none for low budget, non-superstar movies. Thus we are disappointed to find only a single review for the film Nottam

Malavika Vettath writes:

Malayalam film “Nottam” excels. Depicting the soul of Koodiyattam – Kerala’s ancient Sanskrit theatre art form, director Sashi Paravoor brings alive the art’s significance both on stage and beyond it with great sensitivity

Paravoor familiarises the audience with the complex, ritualistic art form while essaying the story of a well-known Koodiyattam artist in a remote Kerala village.

Interwoven into the narrative are significant forays into human relationships, particularly the one between Chakkyar and Saraswati, brilliantly portrayed by Nedumudi and the erudite Margi Sathi, the latter a consummate master of the ancient art.

Jagathy Sreekumar, an established Malayalam actor, gives a sterling performance as both a key Koodiyattam artist and as Unni, the caring, fun-loving confidante of the chakkyar [Review]

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  1. Nottam from director Sasi Paravoor is a notable film with much importance given to the ancient art form,Koodiyattam. Nedumudi Venu plays the central character of a Koodiyattam artist,Vasudeva Chakkyar in the film. His performance is simply superb.Margam Sathi as Saraswathy plays an equally good role as Chakkyar’s patner on stage and puts up a brilliant performance. Jagathy Sreekumar,Arun, Janardhanan, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Salu Kuttanadu, Narayanankutty, Ajeer, MR Gopakumar, Vanitha, Samritha etc casts in the film. The film is a good take on human relationships told on the backdrop of a masterpiece art form. M Jayachandran’s music is very pleasing. K.G. Jayan’s cinematography is impressive. Filmmaker Paravoor deserves all credits for highlighting the minute details of this ancient art and bringing alive the cultural heritage of Kerala.

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