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Take Off

Take Off

Mar. 24, 2017 India139 Min.
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A group of Malayali nurses stranded in Iraq, must survive their capture by the extremists and reach out to the rescue team headed by the Indian government.

Take Off
Original titleടേക്ക് ഓഫ്‌
IMDb Rating8.8 1,069 votes
TMDb Rating7.5 5 votes

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  • Tejas NairMarch 26, 2017Reply

    Takes Off. ♦ Grade B-

    Thrillers in the backdrop of civil wars is relatively new for Malayalam
    cinema, unless you consider Major Ravi’s turkeys as films. This one
    here by a debutante director thoroughly impresses, mostly because of
    its gut-wrenching story based on true events that is highly relevant as
    we move forward in 2017…

    Sameera (Parvathy) is a nervy young Muslim woman who is the sole
    breadwinner of her family. A nurse at a local hospital, she, along with
    few of her colleagues, has now received an opportunity to go and work
    for the Iraqi government. Money is the only motivation for her right
    now, and the fact that she is a divorcée acts as a thorn to her
    ultimate quest: lead a merry life. Cajoled by her family, she finally
    reciprocates her love for Shaheed (Kunchacko Boban), a fellow nurse at
    her hospital. They marry and leave for the Muslim country as a couple,
    unbeknown to the reality that is waiting to encapsulate and destroy
    their healing lives…

    The story follows Sameera, her husband, and a bunch of Indian nurses
    who find themselves in the middle of the ongoing civil war in Iraq.
    Director Mahesh Narayan and writer P V Shajikumar have developed a
    tight story to drive home few messages, the primary of which involves
    the existence of hope and how it helps you fight the darkest of fears.
    With the ISIS controlling their part of Iraq, it is Sameera’s
    leadership and conviction that the writers try to highlight here,
    referring a lot of relevant, stark social causes along the way.

    Director Narayan has crafted his story well, closing all loose ends and
    narrating the story in an efficient way right from the beginning. Once
    you ignore and go past the spelling mistakes in the opening credits and
    a very long preamble, things start catching pace as Sameera spearheads
    the screen with her absolutely nuanced performance (one of the best of
    2017 so far) as the highly-strung woman. The little bits of pulpy
    storytelling with dashes of fervent realism, humor, and romance makes
    the first half an engaging experience. Viewers can definitely relate to
    the characters: be it that of Sameera or one of her in-laws who are
    torchbearers of suppression.

    Sameera is full of anxiety because she has this bucket of
    responsibilities over her head that she has to deal with, and at the
    same time has to sustain the heavy societal pressures that challenge
    her ambitions as a whole. Feminism is not really the topic here, but
    the makers definitely hint at the hardships that women have to go
    through in a conservative society, here, in spite of being the only
    working person in her family. Sameera is an independent woman and the
    story focuses on her conviction to stand abreast even when a rifle’s
    barrel is pointed at her forehead. The extents that she goes in the
    second half to do what she has to do is a powerful rendition of all the
    strong voices that sway in the air around us, making us all have faith
    in our world riddle with hate and chaos.

    With a powerful score backing the on screen happenings, the bloodshed,
    the shelling, the horror – the film does not sit idle one single
    moment. Viewers are bound to see themselves on the edge of their seats,
    rooting for the characters even as the emotional thriller starts
    tugging at your vulnerable heart strings. It wouldn’t be surprising to
    see a tear escaping your eye as you follow Sameera’s journey through
    the bullet-ridden streets of Iraq. Moreover, there’s some great
    photography here, depicting the bloodied parchments of Mosul and Tikrit
    – which all add up to the film’s superiority in terms of storytelling
    and production design. I was not really impressed with the camera work,
    but the cast performance is so brilliant, you can easily ignore it.

    As mentioned above, Parvathy is fabulous as Sameera, the main
    protagonist of the film. She is well-supported by Boban, Fahadh Faasil,
    Asif Ali, and Prakash Belawadi. It is the performance and realistic
    portrayal of the characters that helps one ignore all the minor
    shortcomings of the film which has something to do with convenience and
    forced writing. However, the film asks you to look at the brighter
    side, so that’s what we should do. Narayan has directed his actors
    well, and created a gripping package for the Malayalam audience to
    watch and get enthralled at after last month’s Jay K’s groundbreaking
    horror film, ”Ezra”.

    If you remove the civil war part from the film, it is evident that the
    focus is on the masterly profession of nurse. And the film as a whole
    pays ode to that profession, saluting the millions of nurses (White
    Helmets, Red Cross) who courageously defy the odds and fight for
    people’s good health even in times of absolute despair. A la Raja
    Krishna Menon’s 2016 blockbuster Bollywood film, ”Airlift”, this one is
    a real triumph in Malayalam cinema, giving us a great, heart- wrenching
    take on the ongoing war.

    Had there been a meme for this film, the text in it would summarize the
    story of the film as ”Restoring faith in humanity”. With an F- word
    sampled towards the end, this film achieves more things than it
    originally signed up for and that makes me extremely happy.

    BOTTOM LINE: Mahesh Narayan’s ”Take Off” is a well-crafted story about
    the power of hope in a world threatened by growing terrorism. It
    samples a lot of emotions that is so rare in Malayalam cinema, it is
    like a breath of fresh air. Book a ticket and watch it in your nearest
    theater now. It’s a film that couldn’t have released at a better time.

    Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

  • Abel CheriosMarch 30, 2017Reply

    Excellent Movie, A Must See

    I was in for a surprise. I found the trailer good but the movie just
    blew my mind. From the initial scenes of character nurse Sameera’s pain
    as she struggles between motherhood, a divorce, night shifts and also
    the tension to get a job in Iraq to the later scenes where she
    witnesses horribly injured patients at an Iraqi hospital and then the
    nightmare of ISIS terrorists who hold her & her colleagues hostage are
    shown brilliantly. Parvathy is near flawless as Sameera and hope she
    gets another state award for her performance. Kunchacko Boban as her
    husband and Fahadh Fasil as an Indian Embassy officer are the other
    major characters in the movie and they both deliver very well. This
    movie may draw comparisons with the Bollywood movie Airlift released
    last year due to similar theme of Indians caught in a war zone in
    Middle East. I’d say both are very good in their own way although each
    has some flaws too. What I’d remember Take Off for is Parvathy’s
    performance and also many of the tense scenes that involve the
    terrorists. They get seared into your brain long after the movie is
    over. But as this movie is only inspired by true events, some of the
    liberties taken with the story fail to convince in few scenes. Also,
    the reaction of Fahadh’s character to the news that his decision saved
    some of the Indians from an explosion on a road is quite cinematic, it
    almost mocks the deaths of the other nationalities caught in that
    tragedy. But these are somewhat minor flaws in an otherwise masterfully
    made movie of hope and the will to endure any crisis. I think it’s a
    must see.

  • binducherungathMarch 30, 2017Reply

    ‘Take off’ really shines due to superb execution. The strength of the film is that it is very close to reality.

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • ayyappancsMarch 30, 2017Reply

    Excellent Movie

    After watching trailer and reviews with lot of exceptions i gone for
    movie in the 2nd day, Superb movie, Parvathy is really awesome.
    Storyline is similar to many movies but the acting and direction makes
    the movie perfect and to the next level. Parvathy got the exact role to
    show her acting talent.all other actor done their job very well. Camera
    and direction is also superb. In short a must watch Malayalam movie of

  • rakeshmvarghese-122-107040April 11, 2017Reply

    Movie based over real life Rescue Mission

    when I came to know the TakeOff was based on real-life rescue mission
    conducted by MOE of India I was eagerly waiting to watch and I was well
    pleased by the movie from all view.About the movie, great script &
    superb direction & entire crew of actors were superbly performed. I
    guess in a Malayalam industry this movie passed the milestone of a low
    budget with using advanced technology and especially outdoor locations
    are marvelous which were satisfied as a viewer.TakeOff gives message
    real life struggle of Nurses whom being called as Angles of God but
    being treated poor.hats off to the entire crew of the movie.

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