STORY : A feel-good movie about a do-gooder named Kochavva, who is tremendously inspired by writer Paulo Coelho in his life, and a little boy Ayyappa Das, who believes his words innocently and becomes a symbol of perseverance and irrepressible can-do-ism.
REVIEW : It’s not long ago that writer Paulo Coelho and his international literary blockbuster The Alchemist became a phenomenon that the world quickly grabbed as a symbol of eternal hope. To turn his globally-embraced words on ‘the universe conspiring to help you achieve your dream’, into the spine of an optimistic and instantly loveable underdog story, is something Sidhartha Siva has dexterously achieved through this undeniably charming movie. Yes, the film is overflowing with inspirational cliches about not ceasing to believe your dreams, but not once does it get to a point where the audience feel, ‘enough, already!’
A little boy from the rustic Maruthankayam in Idukki, Ayyappa Das’s biggest dream is to travel on an aeroplane. His dad, who works abroad, tried twice to materialize his dreams but bad luck played spoilsport, on both the occasions. Kochavva, who resides in his neighbourhood, is someone loved by all and is heavily inspired by the writings of Paulo Coelho. How the man becomes instrumental in Ayyappa Das working towards his dream forms the crux of the story.
For those who have watched enough and more of inspirational flicks, there are occasions in the movie that can sound as pure cinematic fluff. Nevertheless, Kochavva Paulo… manages to retain it all in the crowd – pleaser zone, through endearing characters. To begin with, Kunchacko Boban’s Kochavva and Master Rudraksh’s Ayyappa Das have a natural chemistry and rapport that make the movie quite charismatic. It might be his debut, but Rudraksh proves that a talented actor lives in his little body, all set to be unleashed with good opportunities. The enthusiastically rousing musical score, that compliments their scenes and ‘efforts’ quite well, makes their journey a joy to watch. Be it for the sadness lacing some relentless efforts or a jubilant tone at the end, it works wonders.
At a time when the new age movies are ridiculed for not weaving in family characters, Kochavva has them all – grandfather, grandmother, uncle, aunty, cousins… And that too, not for namesake presence. The film also makes the most of the rustic beauty of the natural locales in which it is shot. Even at junctures where you can almost guess how it will all progress, the proceedings never get dull. And what’s more, the film also adds a likeable twist to their beliefs and thereby, the story.
The story has what it takes to leave the viewers buoyed by satisfaction at the end and is also guaranteed to bring some tears to their eyes.