And The Oskar Goes To Review: a watchable movie

And The Oskar Goes To Review: a watchable movie

The trailer of the movie And The Oskar Goes To was an extremely disappointing one. But if your expectations are pretty low seeing that trailer, this movie may surprise you by being much better than it seemed to be. The movie is not devoid of flaws. But the sincere performance of Tovino Thomas and the drama that has the capacity to hold your interest makes it a comfortable watch.

Ishaque Ibrahim is our main character. He aspires to be a filmmaker and has written a script. His quest for a producer never really worked out and he eventually decided to produce his own film. The movie And The Oskar Goes To show us two struggles Ishaque had to go through in the making of this movie. One, in the actual shooting to releasing stage and, the other in the marketing stage when the movie eventually got selected as India’s official Oskar entry. 

The abundance of events in the script is one major demerit of this film. The first half of the movie is another version of Udhayananu Tharam. And after that entire one hour, we are seeing another struggle in the second half. When you try to compress harsh realities into a mere 2-hour long movie, the chances of the movie losing its emotional essence is high and that has actually caused problems in ATOGT. The emotional, philosophical and sentimental segments Salim Ahmed has attached to the movie makes it slightly compelling. And the struggle of a filmmaker portrayed by this movie is quite real.

As Ishaque, Tovino Thomas shows great maturity. The character is smart and at the same time very empathetic. Tovino strikes a balance between these aspects very smoothly. Anu Sithara was convincing as the sensible friend Chithra. Siddique performs with ease as Prince. Salim Kumar, Vijaya Raghavan, Sreenivasan, Mala Parvathy, Appani Sharath and Nikki Rae Hallow are the other major actors here who delivered a convincing performance.

The story of the movie is based on Salim Ahmed’s own journey of making Adaminte Makan Abu and it’s run for the Oskars. And he tries to include almost all the parts of his struggle into this 124 minutes long movie. The sentimental approach in creating empathy is followed here as well and sometimes it falls flat too. The very end of the movie has a moment where Ishaque realizes the harshness of life and polished nature of cinema. That sequence was particularly good. The cinematography was effective while the edits weren’t that gripping. The music wasn’t really having that smoothness in merging with the narrative.

And the Oskar Goes To is a mixed bag. It is definitely a watchable movie with emotional layers and good performances. But the overcrowded script reduces the impact considerably. The fact that the movie shows the inner world of Oskar selection and the need for government support to aspiring filmmakers in such arenas is indeed appreciable.