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`KAAZAHCHA' (VISION) stands out as an impeccable work on celluloid by a young Malayalam film maker, Blessy. His directorial debut highlights crucial aspects of human bond and compassion distinguishing him as a cinematographer with a difference. A winner of Film Critics Award and Ramu Karayat Award, the film's thematic content haunts one for a long time and incites a sort of mental disturbance, denoting director's success.

Madhavan (Mammootty) is a film operator engaged in holding mobile film shows using his 16-mm projector around the locales of lush green Kutanad countryside. One day he comes across Pawan (Yash), a little boy seemingly an orphan, whose language he could not understand. The kind-hearted Madhavan takes care of Pawan and brings him to his own house.

It transpires that Pawan is one of the victims of the devastating Gujarat earthquake. One day Pawan rescues Madhavan's daughter from a flooded rivulet and becomes the darling of the entire village. The film takes a dramatic turn when Madhavan is accused of the homosexual exploitation of the kid.

Director Blessy shows his artistic maturity and technical precision in the portrayal of characters bound by logical sequences. He fully exploits the talent of his cast, particularly Mammootty. He enlivens the life of a villager shedding the aura of a mega star. The young boy Yash, belonging to a Gujarati family settled in Cochin, portrays the role of Pawan. His features coupled with knowledge of both Gujarati and Kerala cultures, equip him well to handle the role of Pawan with ease.

While editor Raja Mohammed has shown his worth, cinematographer Azhagappan has done a wonderful job in highlighting the charm of picturesque Kuttanad locations.

S.V. NAIR

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