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Crossroad is an anthology film with the tales of 10 women. Touted to be a women-centric film, it sketches the tale of every character for 15 minutes and thus ten short films are interlinked to make a whole movie. The film has multiple directors, photographers and star cast. Oru Ratriyude Kooli is directed by Madhupal, Kaval directed by Nemom Pushpara and Pakshikalude Manam directed by Nayana Suryan. Maunam is directed by Babu Thiruvalla, Mudra is helmed by Albert, Lakehouse is by Sasi Paravoorm, Kodeshyan is by Pradeep Nair, Cherivu is helmed by Avira Rebecca and Pinpe Nadappaval is by Lenin Rajendran. Prominent actresses in the movie are Padmapriya Janakiraman, Mamta Mohandas, Isha Talwar, Srinda Ashab, Priyanka Nair, Richa Panai, Mythili, Anjali Aneesh Upasana, Manasa Radhakrishnan, Punasseri Kanchana.
As ten stories make a movie, each story follows with a new sketch. For instance, there is a story of a sex worker who wants to have her own baby. The movie also includes the story of a widow, a girl who is forced to become a nun, a woman photographer, story of classical dancer and a tale of the lonely couple. It also has the story of an old woman’s relationship with her pet dog, a happy journey of a girl with a taxi driver and finally, there is a story of the marital rape of women.
Priyanka Nair plays a widow of an army officer in 'Kaval,' Padmapriya as a sex worker in Oru Ratriyude Kooli, Mythili as a photographer in Pakshiyude Manam, Manasa Radhakrishnan and Mamta Mohandas as Muslim woman in Badal put their heart and soul into their respective character. In the second half, one can see the glamorous Isha Talwar portraying a classical dancer in 'Mudra.’ Richa Panai and Rahul Madhav live a lonely life in 'Lakehouse,' veteran actress Punasseri Kanchana plays the role of a lonely lady bonding with a pet, Srinda plays the role of a girl who exploits a taxi driver in 'Cherivu' and finally VJ Anjana Rangan plays a weighty role in Pinpe Nadappaval. All the above actresses justify in their roles. Special mention to Punasseri Kanchana and Anjana.
The film talks about the female protagonists and their struggle in life. Each movie stands out in the revelation of a strong character of women in society. The film does not drag at all and editing is really very crisp.
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Being a women-centric movie, the director and the cast need a wide acclaim. People who love art cinema can view the movie. It is not a waste of money and time and so, you could try it out this weekend.
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