Ee Ma Yau (Review)

Malayalam movie Reviews Ee Ma Yau

Ee Ma Yau,” directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, is as profound as the sea in “Moonam Pakkam.” The film delves into the aftermath of a death. “Ee Ma Yau” isn’t a movie to watch as a mere ‘nice’ escape from the ‘tensed life’ for a couple of hours; instead, it’s a movie that prompts you to contemplate the ‘tensed life.’ It’s a deeply poignant film, akin to Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal.” PF Mathews, the writer of “Iruttil Oru Punyalan,” “Jalakanyakayum Gandarvanum,” “Sararaanthal,” “Mikhayelinte Santhathikal,” and “Kutty Srank,” has penned “Ee Ma Yau.”

Philosophical and Spiritual Elements

“Ee Ma Yau,” translating to Eesho Mariyam Yauseppe, is a whispered phrase in certain Christian communities during funerals. Lijo Jose Pellissery’s direction in “Ee Ma Yau” is exemplary, creating a naturally immersive experience akin to witnessing real events. The film is profoundly philosophical, spiritual, sentimental, and thought-provoking. It features atmospheric lighting and design, brilliant conception, and stunning execution, leaving enduring images in the viewer’s mind.

Ayyappan’s Comforting Presence

The film commences with a sweeping shot of a church band parading along the sea-side under the radiant sun and concludes with the ‘four’ plus ‘two’ individuals standing, facing the shore, anticipating the arrival of a mysterious boat. This conclusion is thought-provoking, urging viewers to mentally replay the entire movie. Unforgettable scenes encompass Eeshi’s (Chemban Vinod) silent response upon learning about his father’s demise and Ayyappan’s (Vinayakan) consoling presence during rituals. Chemban Vinod and Vinayakan deliver stellar performances, warranting commendation.

The entire cast significantly contributes to the film’s success, displaying remarkable acting prowess without overshadowing their roles. “Ee Ma Yau” is a must-watch film that guarantees satisfaction.

Moonam Pakkam

It took me on an emotional ride, reminiscent of Padmarajan’s “Moonam Pakkam.” The finale of “Moonam Pakkam” encapsulates the essence of “Ee Ma Yau.” The scene depicting the grandfather of “Moonam Pakkam” and priests performing the funeral rites for his grandson stands as one of the greatest scenes ever crafted for the big screen. “Ee Ma Yau” is as haunting as its predecessor. Ilayaraja’s music from “Moonam Pakkam” played in the background within me throughout the ‘music-less’ “Ee Ma Yau,” and then came Prashant Pillai’s BGM! It provides an intense experience. The track continuing even after the screen goes black is nothing short of ‘spectacular.’

4 Rating

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