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Freedom Fight Movie Review: This Relatable, Realistic And Well Crafted Anthology Needs Your Absolute Attention


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oi-Sruthi Hemachandran

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Rating:


4.0
/5


Star
Cast:


Director:

The
recently
released
Malayalam
anthology

Freedom
Fight

has
yet
again
proved
that
content
is
the
ultimate
king
and
you
don’t
need
puffery
or
pricey
promotions
to
sell
your
product.
The
realistic
entertainer
starring
Rajisha
Vijayan,
Srinda,
Kabani,
Rohini,
Joju
George,
Unni
Lalu
and
Sidhartha
Shiva
and
helmed
by
Jeo
Baby,
Kunjila
Mascillamani,
Akhil
Anilkumar,
Jithin
Issac
Thomas
And
Francies
Louis
had
a
digital
release
on
Sony
LIV
on
Friday
(February
4).
Consisting
of
five
segments,

Freedom
Fight

is
backed
by
Mankind
Cinemas
and
Symmetry
Cinemas.

Freedom Fight


Is
the
latest
Malayalam
anthology
worth
your
time?
Let’s
find
out!
(SPOILER
ALERT)


Geethu
Unchained

Jeo
Baby’s
segment
revolves
around
a
young
woman,
who
is
in
a
dilemma
after
her
colleague
opens
his
heart
sharing
how
he
really
feels
about
her.
As
someone
who
has
recently
gone
through
a
rough
patch
and
called
off
her
engagement
with
her
boyfriend,
she
enumerates
the
repercussions
that
would
follow
if
she
nods
a
yes
or
no.
As
the
anthology
progresses,
it
gives
us
a
reality
check
that
at
the
end
of
the
day
we
are
all
humans,
we
make
mistakes,
we
have
our
individual
priorities
and
likes
that
shouldn’t
be
swayed
whatsoever
and
we
are
not
in
any
way
answerable
to
‘any
external
force’.

The
segment
will
faintly
remind
you
of
Jude
Anthany
Joseph’s

Ohm
Shanthi
Oshaana
,
but
wait
only
the
treatment
of
the
two
projects
are
alike
but
the
storylines
are
way
different.

Geethu
Unchained

is
all
about
perfect
timing
and
has
content
that
is
much
relatable
(especially
for
those
who
have
crossed
25
and
whose
parents
can’t
stop
nagging
about
their
marriage
24/7
just
because
‘Naatukar
Endu
Parayum?’
(What
will
people
say?)).
Rajisha’s
nuanced
performance,
duration
of
the
segment,
cinematography
and
music
also
get
bonus
points.


The
Unorganised

Firstly,
Kunjila
Mascillamani’s
segment
deserves
huge
applause
for
its
subject.

The
Unorganised

follows
a
bevy
of
ladies
who
discuss
their
problems
at
their
respective
workplaces.
The
segment
unravels
how
women
struggle
due
to
the
lack
of
restrooms
at
workplaces
despite
the
building
licenses
or
plans
having
a
provision
for
it.
On
approaching
the
concerned
authorities,
the
women
face
lewd
comments
from
the
employers,
who
further
dismiss
them
from
their
jobs
without
any
prior
notice.
Their
distressing
struggles
and
fight
for
their
rights
form
the
crux
of
the
story.

The
Unorganised

also
mentions
(although
vaguely)
issues
faced
by
transgenders
in
society.

Srinda,
as
usual,
leaves
a
mark
with
her
raw
performance.
The
other
cast
members
too
have
done
complete
justice
to
their
roles,
that
are
empowering.
The
concept,
narration,
performances
and
cinematography,
basically
anything
and
everything
about
the
segment
is
simply
exceptional.


Ration

The
story
revolves
around
two
neighbours,
who
despite
their
economic
inequality
bond
over
food.
It
all
starts
when
the
richer
hands
over
a
packet
of
seer
fish
(king
of
all
fishes
and
is
on
the
pricier
side)
to
her
neighbour’s
lass,
so
as
to
store
it
in
their
refrigerator.
Nevertheless,
the
kid
fails
to
inform
her
mother
and
the
latter
without
being
aware
cooks
it
for
her
family.
As
soon
as
she
learns
about
the
whole
state
of
affairs,
she
rushes
to
the
nearby
fish
market.
However,
coming
from
a
family
struggling
to
make
ends
meet,
she
ends
up
selling
her
ring
for
the
fish.
Though
the
segment
managed
to
garner
attention
with
its
storyline,
a
few
sequences
seemed
slightly
confusing.
Before
establishing
the
main
story,
it
seemed
like
the
segment
was
all
about
the
little
girl.
Having
said
that,
the
impeccable
performances
and
honest
writing
make
the
segment
worthwhile.


Old
Age
Home

The
fourth
segment
revolves
around
a
middle-aged
man
who
is
diagnosed
with
dementia.
How
his
wife
and
a
newly
appointed
home
nurse
look
after
him
amid
fighting
their
own
battles
forms
the
crux
of
the
story.
The
character
sketches
seemed
disordered.
For
instance,
the
wife
is
initially
displayed
as
an
independent,
caring
individual
who
is
concerned
about
her
husband’s
health
and
routines,
but
later
she
is
tagged
as
an
uncaring
partner.
Also,
why
on
earth
does
someone
allow
a
person
with
dementia
to
roam
around
alone?
The
segment
surely
is
tiresome,
slow-paced
and
much
longer
than
all
other
segments.
However,
there
are
a
few
heartwarming
messages
told
through
the
story
of

Old
Age
Home

that
tugs
at
the
heartstrings
for
all
obvious
reasons.
Joju
George
and
Rohini’s
performances
shine
in
the
segment.
The
cinematography
is
also
appreciable.


Pra.
Thoo.
Mu

The
last
segment
of
any
anthology
always
hits
differently,
and
the
same
goes
with

Freedom
Fight’s
Pra.
Thoo.
Mu
.
The
segment
simply
displays
a
scuffle
between
a
ruler
and
his
people.
In
the
segment
directed
by
Francies
Louis,
a
rageful
septic
tank
cleaner
is
seen
walking
towards
a
minister’s
residence.
As
soon
as
he
encounters
him,
he
ends
up
kicking
the
latter.
Rewind
and
you
see
the
minster
cheerfully
interacting
with
the
cleaner
and
his
workmates.

Though
the
family
members
are
warned
to
not
use
the
restrooms
for
the
next
4
hours
so
that
they
could
service
the
tank,
the
presumably
unaware
minister
ends
up
using
one.
This
evidently
irks
the
cleaner,
who
walks
towards
the
house,
only
to
get
badly
beaten
by
the
minions
of
the
minister.
The
politician’s
merciless
action
has
the
power
to
make
anyone
with
a
heart
weak
in
the
knees.
The
short
segment
is
surely
captivating,
but
at
parts,
a
few
sequences
seemed
forceful.
We
wonder
how
the
cleaner
came
to
the
conclusion
that
it
was
the
minister
who
used
the
restroom?
Unni
Lalu
and
Sidhartha
Siva’s
over-the-top
performances
and
exceptional
writing
make
the
segment
gripping
without
a
doubt.


Verdict:

Freedom
Fight

explores
events
and
instances
that
are
real,
relatable,
distinctive
and
sometimes
societal.
The
assortment
of
stories
are
fresh
and
has
the
occult
power
to
captivate
the
audiences.
There
is
no
real
hype
for
the
anthology,
but
if
you
skip
it,
you
are
going
to
miss
a
gem
for
sure,
along
with
a
few
hard-hitting
concepts,
honest
performances
and
impressive
creative
work
put
in
by
the
cast
and
crew
involved.

Story first published: Friday, February 4, 2022, 11:01 [IST]

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