Bangalore Days as a movie was never rated as superlative by any of the critics. However, universally, in the present day Kerala, it is considered to be nothing short of blasphemous to question the logic or lack of it of this landmark movie mainly due to how it appeal to the millennials .
Peppered with cliches while scientifically researched and meticulously planned with feel-good frames, BD conveys the message that all of us should simply pursue our dreams. But wait, somewhere along the way Anjali Menon loses the plot and starts talking about a lost love, arranged marriage and a whole lot of seemingly trivial things glorified (like motorcycle racing) in the height of momentous dramatic sequences unique to the Indian movies, not entirely unknown to Malayali audiences. Case in point - Pretty much the whole Aju/Sarah combination scenes.
The story of 3 cousins, occasionally narrated by a village loving Krishnan PP, a newly minted software engineer who moves to Bangalore, mostly to appease his ever demanding mom (awfully played by an anemic looking Kalpana), compares and contrasts the behavior and psyche of the protagonists. The second one is a slightly younger and ambitious one, Divya, whose academic and career dreams were shattered by an arranged marriage with an enigmatic and brilliant guy, (Shiva)(Das), who is part of an even stranger family. Shivadas, apparently has a past (Cliches at its best here) where he lost his lady love Natasha in a road accident which happened due to his lack of brains though he seemed to have grown an awful lot of that after the passing away of Tasha. I am not sure what more to write about the story as there wasn't anything more interesting in it. The end is mostly a happily ever after story beyond the whole lot of dancing and singing the viewers have to endure.
Nivin as Krishnan PP(Kuttan) wears his naiveté well, Nazriya as Divya(Kunju) does well as one would expect her to these days though the character is too silly. Dulquer as the rebellious Arjun(Aju) is marvelous for the most part with the ease of acting we are now accustomed to. Fahad does a great job as Shivadas and stands tall among the rest. TK Parvathy as the paraplegic Radio Jockey (Another cliche here with dialogs that suit a tween making adults wanting to barf) steals the show and does much better than her more esteemed colleagues in this movie. Isha Talwar as the conniving Meenakshi is nice but would the directors please stop showing close up shots of her face until she gets a nice veneer done on her incisors ? The rest of the cast includes Vijayaraghavan, Maniyanpilla Raju, an out of sorts Praveena , an even more out of sorts Rekha and an even more .... Vinaya Prasad (you get the point). Nithya Menon has an extremely short cameo where we barely get to even judge her let alone see her clearly without rewinding the DVD. Prathap Pothen is powerful as always but not sure why he would want to act in such a role.
Watch this movie if you are under 25 or want to be under 25, more so to appease the myth of uncle time while trying to imbibe the imagery the film maker is trying to create.