“Mammootty and Jyothika starrer ‘Kaathal the Core’ is a poignant depiction of the emotional struggles faced by those involved in an unconventional romantic relationship. Director Joe Baby opts for a traditional Catholic small-town family setting to underscore that this subject is not taboo but rather needs to be addressed. The film advocates a message of ‘Judge not, but love every human love.’

The writing duo, Adarsh and Paulson, have crafted the screenplay with great precision, adding depth to Joe Baby’s crisp narration. One can’t help but be impressed by the ease with which the subject matter is handled. There is no blame game, mudslinging, or compromising visuals; instead, the film focuses on raw human emotions.

‘Kaathal the Core’ explores various forms of love:

  • The love of a father who believes he is protecting his son’s misguided interests, depicted in a poignant scene where the father reassures his son, only to break down in a warm hug.
  • The love of a woman who sees her father-in-law as a father figure, providing unwavering support till her last day with them.
  • The love of a child expressed through selecting her mom’s  dress when she goes to meet her partner.
  • The love born out of coexistence, as seen in the tender moment when one partner asks to spend their final night together.
  • The love of a guilt-ridden partner, portrayed through the haunting expression of Taman.
  • Finally, the strength of a woman who defies societal norms to prioritize her own happiness and allow her partner to live his life.

Kudos to Mammootty and Jyothika for their excellent performances and for choosing such a compelling script. Mammootty shines as the guilt-ridden partner grappling with low self-esteem, while Jyothika once again proves herself as a versatile actress portraying a woman of substance. With her choice of roles and acting prowess, she continues to redefine the portrayal of women in Indian cinema. The entire cast contributes to the strength of ‘Kaathal the Core.’

The music, particularly the hymn-like tones, adds a wonderful layer to the film, evoking a sense of peace and introspection. It’s a theme that lingers even after leaving the theater.

In conclusion, ‘Kaathal the Core’ is a bold, beautiful, and commendable effort that highlights the depth of South Indian cinema. It’s a film that will capture your heart and leave a lasting impression.”


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