Debutant Mridul Nair’s Malayalam movie B. Tech narrates the incidents that happen in the life of a bunch of lazy engineering students, who are yet to clear all the papers for years. How Arjun Ashokan’s character Azad Muhammed, a first year engineering student, bring changes in each one of their lives following a mishap form the story line of this campus thriller.
Performances in B. Tech
Asif Ali portrays the character Anand, an engineering student, who is yet to submit his final year project despite studying in the college for eight years. He is an influential person in the campus with even the college principal apparently “respecting” him. The young actor isn’t disappointing with his stylish and carefree attitude and manages to pull off some swag effortlessly. But the way he handles emotional sequences definitely needs some improvement.
Sreenath Bhasi (as Jojo Mathew) is the usual lazy and carefree young man, who drinks and smokes all the time. It’s high time the actor moves out of this comfort zone and try something different. Deepak Parambol as Nisar Ahmed, Alencier Ley as Syedali Kuttiparambil have done a decent job in B. Tech. Meanwhile, it is Arjun Ashokan, son of actor Harisree Ashokan, who surprises us with an impressive and subtle performance as the smart youngster Azad.
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Though Aparna Balamurali appears as Asif’s heroine Priya, she doesn’t get much from the script to perform. Felt like a character written just for the sake of having a heroine for the hero as that’s the “norm”!
However, it is Niranjana Anoop (Ananya), who grabs the attention of the viewers for being a cute and natural performer. She is definitely improving as an actress with every movie. Saiju Kurup as Prashanthan helps in bringing some humour moments in the film, which otherwise, has a serious tone. Shani Shaki as mute Abdu looks stylish and Aju Varghese plays a different role this time. Subeesh Sudhi as Kuttan is impressive, while Anoop Menon and Jaffer Idukki are also good.
What stands out?
Even after watching the movie, the character Azad, played by Arjun, is sure to remain in our minds for his smartness and innocence. The lazy first half gets better after the makers try to deliver a strong social message through his character. Rahul Raj’s music and the songs Ore Nila Ore Veyil and Pedda Glass are catchy with some impressive visuals as well.
The first half of the movie mainly shows the party, booze life and fights the youngsters get involved in. In almost all the movies set in Bengaluru, youngsters are shown addicted to drinking and smoking. Why don’t filmmakers stop showing this cliché representation of the city? After all, not all people, who land in this city get influenced by parties and pub life. And in almost all the scenes, we see the disclaimer “smoking and drinking kills” and “wear helmet”. But at the same time, it felt like they’re promoting both every now and then with several dedicated shots.
Though the movie gives a social message, too many side stories looked unnecessary till the second half. A crisp editing could have been made it a better entertainer.
Just before the interval, three important characters are seen getting involved in a police case and we’d expect to see how that would get resolved post-interval. That’s when we get a feeling that the story line is going to get a bit more sensible. However, suddenly post interval, everything goes back to normal making us confused as to how everyone got out of that situation.
The first half of B. Tech has a weak script with an over-stretched narrative. It is an okay movie for the ambitious message it is trying to deliver to the society. It asks each one of us on how not to keep a prejudiced mind about everyone belonging to a particular religion for the mistakes committed by a few.
RATINGS CHART 5 stars: Exceptional, Masterpiece 4.5 stars: Well crafted piece of art 4 stars: Very good, Exciting, Interesting Concept 3.5 stars: Good, but some minor flaws 3 stars: Average, one-time watch 2.5 stars: Mixed feelings 2 stars: Disappointing. Watch at your own risk 1.5 stars: Frustrating. 1 star: A complete disaster. Better avoid this.