Classmates is acclaimed as the winner among the Onam releases . Reviewers are impressed by the craftsmanship of director Lal Jose and the promise extended by writer James Albert’s debut. Success of this movie gives hopes for revival of good cinema and a precursor for welcome changes in malayalam cinema industry.
Classmates, director Lal Jose’s Onam offering, sends very positive signals as far as the Malayalam film industry is concerned. The refreshingly different film proves that with the back-up of a well-written script and good direction, the younger generation stars too can work miracles.
For the older generation, Classmates is a nostalgic trip down memory lane to college days. At the same time the film has ingredients that would satisfy the younger generation. Classmates may not be an outstanding film, but it is a well-made nostalgia evoking, lovable film that may even herald the beginning of a new trend in Malayalam Cinema.
Lal Jose is a director with such acute sensibility, that a tricky film as Classmates, albeit itâ€™s countless probabilities of jeopardy, remains all secure in his competent hands. A brilliant craftsman in his own right, he cautiously spins a striking yarn that sets for itself a distinctive place among the multitude of analogous films that had thronged the big screen over the ages. Aided with some impressive scribbles from James Albertâ€™s pen, ample performances from his leading cast, Raviâ€™s spectacular camera that at times works wonders and an absolutely delectable musical score by the ever-dependable Alex Paul, Lal Jose scores a massive whopper this time around; one that emphatically affirms that the man is here to stay.
Classmates is all about love, laughter and loyalty. Its all about revenge, retribution and reprisal. Its all about faith, forgiveness and fallacy. And itâ€™s all about good cinema.
Your college days are supposed to be the best time in your life. There have been many films set in campus with all its fun and sorrow. Who can forget the Padmarajan-Bharathan classic Chamaram, K.G.Georgeâ€™s Ulkadal, Venu Nagavallyâ€™s Sukhamo Devi and Sarvakalasala or Mohanâ€™s Shalini Ente Kootukari?
Well, Classmates can be included along with the batch of our all-time great campus stories in Malayalam. In the era of the all powerful superstars, Lal Jose has made a great entertainer which tugs your heart strings and features lesser mortals. The B-team of actors Pritviraj, Indrajeet, Jayasurya, Narain, Kavya and a new girl Radhika come out with flying colours. No two ways about it, that they are the future of Malayalam cinema.
The film has well-etched roles for all the characters. Prithviraj and Kavya have done good job especially in emoting. However, Indrajith is the top performer and his timing in renditions is commendable. He is going to go places from here. Naren ala Sunil has done a great job though his role is small. Other actors like Balachandra Menon, Vijeesh, Jagathy, Shobha Mohan, Suja and Radhika have all done justice to their roles. The director has thrown in good amount of emotions and suspense to the film. Scriptwriter James Albertâ€™s classy narration is one of the strengths of the film.
On the whole, it is a good entertainer. It is sure to set a new trend. Go, watch the film and have fun!
Malayalam cinema sees its Youngsters’ Club uniting in Lal Jose’s Classmates, as young guns Prithviraj, brother Indrajith, Jayasurya and Narain (formerly known as Sunil) come together to give us a campus caper with a difference, mixing and matching numerous genres to tell the story. There is lots going on, right from the start. Violence is the first thing established, before we are jolted with the realisation that it happened many years ago. From this point on, we know this is not going to be an easy, superficial film talking about achievements and disappointments of a generation in a hunky-dory manner.The film tries to bring out complicated individual relationships and emotions in a story peppered with mystery, mayhem and death.