Vānaprastham: The Last Dance
First screened in May 2020
Director: Shaji N. Karun. Cast: Mohanlal, Suhasini, Venmani Haridas, Mattanoor Shankara Marar, Kalamandalam Gopi, Kalamandalam Kesavan, Keezhpatam Kumar Nair, Bindu Panikkar, Kukku Parameshwaram, Appukutty Poduval, Sindhu Shyam, Venmani Vishnu. Screenplay: Shaji N. Karun and Reghunath Paleri. Twitter Capsule:
Unusually ambitious life of an artist. Refuses typical arcs or templates, keeping several complicated issues in play.
Karun repeats some scenes and blunts some storylines but grants complexity to everyone. He constructs memorable, surprising emotional beats.
Refuses to coddle newcomers or underscore Mohanlal's talents. We're asked always to think and weigh, not revel in virtuosity or art tourism.