Language : Malayalam
Director : Lal Jose
Genre : Drama
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Lead Role : Deepti Sati, Vijay Babu, Ann Augustine
After watching this latest offering from veteran director Lal Jose, my friend described it as soulful. Having watched it today, I am unable to find a more fitting word. As the tagline says, Neena is the tale of two women - NEEna and NAlini.
Corporate head Vinay Panikkar, his spouse Nalini Panikkar and Neena forms the crux of the story. Neena is not your usual girl next door. She is intelligent, talented and good looking, while a social misfit and emotionally drained woman at the same time. Her lifestyle and choice of friends are quite unorthodox, and her interactions with the Panikkar family is portrayed in the movie.
Nee-na is an aesthetically rich movie, with most frames simply visually exquisite. Cinematographer Jomon T John did a good work, and the beautiful locations eased his task. The movie's slow pace and a quiet denouement does not dampen the viewers.
The background score by Bijibal and songs by Nikhil J Menon are soothing, and they linger in our minds as Neena does.