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“Aadujeevitham” Movie Review: Prithviraj Shines in This Intense Survival Drama


Malayalam film Aadujeevitham (The Goat Life), directed by Blessy, has garnered mixed reviews from critics. The film, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, is based on Benyamin’s novel of the same name and follows the story of Najeeb, a migrant worker trapped in a harsh desert environment.

The Plot of Aadujeevitham

The film introduces us to Najeeb Mohammad (played by Prithviraj Sukumaran) and Hakeem (KR Gokul), who arrive in Saudi Arabia with dreams of a better life. However, their passports are confiscated, and they are forced into slavery on remote farms. The barren landscape, the uncertainty, and the longing for home become their constant companions.

After three grueling years, Najeeb reunites with Hakeem, and together with an African slave named Ibrahim Khan (Jimmy Jean-Louis), they hatch a daring escape plan. But will they survive the unforgiving desert and reclaim their freedom?

Praises for Performances and Technical Aspects

Prithviraj’s performance is widely lauded, with critics calling it career-defining. Reviewers praise his ability to convey Najeeb’s despair, resilience, and longing solely through expressions in a film with minimal dialogue. A.R. Rahman’s music is also commended for its emotional depth and ability to elevate the film’s atmosphere. The cinematography by Sunil K.S. is another highlight, with critics appreciating the way it captures the vastness and harsh beauty of the desert landscapes.

Strengths of Aadujeevitham

  • Cinematography: The film’s visuals capture the stark beauty of the desert, emphasizing the isolation and struggle faced by the characters.
  • Editing: Sreekar Prasad’s brilliant editing keeps the narrative taut, allowing us to immerse ourselves in Najeeb’s journey.
  • Emotional Impact: “Aadujeevitham” tugs at our heartstrings, reminding us of the fragility of human existence.

Slow Pace and Narrative Choices Divide Opinion

While some reviewers find the film’s immersive and slow-burn approach to be impactful, others criticize it for being overly long. Some also express that the narrative could have benefited from exploring the impact of Najeeb’s situation on his family back home. Comparisons are drawn to films like “Maryaan” which dealt with similar themes.

Verdict of Aadujeevitham

“Aadujeevitham” is a slow-burner that will resonate with those who appreciate intense storytelling. Prithviraj’s soulful performance and Blessy’s direction make this film a worthy adaptation of Benyamin’s bestseller.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 out of 5 stars)

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