White movie cast: Mammootty, Huma Qureshi
White movie director: Uday Ananthan
If you are a person who goes to cinema solely for watching pompous exotic frames then Mammotty’s White is a film meant for you. On first impression, this romantic movie is a painstaking watch where everything looks pretentious including the acting, characters and settings. However, we gradually realise this is not a movie for mediocre brains, but for those elevated ones who can understand the epic romantic poetry embedded in this movie.
It won’t be surprising if one such mediocre brain would wonder what would be the motive behind this movie that absurdly stitched together sequences and shots that highlights Mammoty’s ‘semi grumpy -semi smiling’ face and Huma Qureshi’s expressions, typical of a heroine head over heels for the hero even if done subtly. The camera mainly focuses on Roshni Menon’s (Huma Qureshi) curiosity to know Prakash Roy (Mammooty) whom she meets accidentally in London. The script and screenplay is so weak that the way this couple gets to know each other look pathetic. In fact, many scenes feel similar in terms of treatment. For instance, where the heroine follows the attractive and rich hero to return his purse cannot be differentiated from another scene where Prakash Roy exhibits his swag by giving a lecture on the value of his one minute at Roshini Menon’s office.
Director Uday Menon is a man of clichés. But as a director he has shown some signs of novelty with his filming style, be it Pranayakalam or Mrityunjayam. These movies are at least discussed for their peculiar way of storytelling. In White also, Uday has tried to be different with his style and is successful to some extent , thanks to high quality technical support and superior cinematography of Amarjeet Singh who has earlier worked in big budget Hollywood films. Apart from that, the movie completely fails to engage the viewers as it sails sluggishly through a dormant story line, never picking up pace and sadly does not even offer any moment to remember. The dialogues sound forced as there is an effort to sound profound and elite, making the movie a dreadful experience.
Mammotty’s screen presence was pleasing this time, unlike his last outing Kasaba, but the actor’s expressions are still stilted. Huma Qureshi’s Roshini Menon was like a cherry on this cake and blended well with the delicate frames.
The electric guitar background score is distracting and sounded odd while the songs in the movie made little impact.
Uday Ananthan’s ‘White’ thus is like one pale and sickening experience that reminds of the suffocating atmosphere inside a hospital.