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Hey Jude movie review: Nivin Pauly and Trisha are as poetic as a Beatles song

Hey Jude, starring Trisha Krishnan and Nivin Pauly, shows the budding friendship between the two, which turns into something unexpected.

movie-reviews Updated: Jun 19, 2019 21:52 IST
Priyanka Sundar
Priyanka Sundar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Trisha Krishnan and Nivin Pauly in a still from Hey Jude.
Trisha Krishnan and Nivin Pauly in a still from Hey Jude.

Hey Jude
Nivin Pauly, Trisha Krishnan
Rating: 3.5/5

Jude (Nivin Pauly), Hey Jude’s titular lead, is both scared of water and fascinated by it. He collects pictures of different aquatic animals -- he loves clown fish, jelly fish and gold fish and dreams of owning an aquarium one day. His sister Andrea calls him mumma’s boy; his father, Dominic, calls him a genius and his mother is always worried about his well-being.

He is finicky about food and will have his meals at the same time everyday. He is like a sponge when it comes to storing information. From being able to guess which team will win a match with the help of statistics to arriving at Star of David when he hears the number 62 - his brain works in an interesting manner.

The film begins in Cochin where his father owns an antique store and lies through his teeth to sell goods. He is so talented that he calls a brass water mug, the symbol of Dravidian domestic life and hypes the products to sell it for a higher price. His son is his exact contrast.

Jude’s life changes when he goes to Goa to attend the funeral of his aunt Olivia, who leaves her wealth to him and his father. This leads to the family meeting the tenants who are hellbent on staying in the house till the lease expires. Enter Crystal, the singer who owns a shack, and her father, Sebastian, who is a doctor of psychology.

Crystal and Jude’s friendship is unique. A free-spirited girl helping an inquisitive man explore a world that is new to him. She helps him change his perspective; the way he looks at world itself.

In Crystal, Trisha has got the most beautiful character of her career. The rage that she feels is framed like poetry of the dark variety. It is rough at the edges and we see how vulnerable she is.

It is not just Jude and Crystal, but the other characters are equally appealing. From Dominic, Jude’s father, to Susamma, who works in the house in Goa - everyone is so well written and there is a depth to each of them. There is a backstory attached to all characters and here are people we want to know more about.

There is a beauty to breaking free of your fears. Both Jude and Crystal break their shackles together and the film emphasises on accepting everyone for who they are.

The best moment of the film is when Jude speaks about how he struggles to understand people and their emotions. His love for numbers comes from the fact that there is more clarity and truth in them than in people who smile even when they are sad and do not cry every time they are facing sorrow. The point that the film tries to make is that what is abnormal for you is normal to others.

Best part about the film is when Jude’s parents arrange for a date,which ends with Jude calling the girl fat. She offers him ladoos, and he declines citing the calories. He explains how she shouldn’t have more as she could gain weight. She asks him with a sad face, if she is fat. He considers for a moment, asks her age and then says yes, she is indeed fat. However, he is clearly talking about her health and not her appearance -- again reiterating the empathy with which the characters have been created.

The cinematography by Girish has added more value to the film and has even sets the moods in some scenes. The music, by five different composers, is memorable, especially the song, Rock Your Worries Away. This is just the film which will help you achieve that mind frame.

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