This movie is about 5 years old and I may be a little late on the scene. Now, there is a good chance that I read too much into it, but I after having watched it, I thought I’d clear up a few things in my mind.
Barring the religious subtext, the movie came across as a Shakespearean tragedy set in a Dickensian Kochi. Much of what has been said about the couple is focused more on their religious identity and less on the ill-fated nature of their relationship. There were various instances in the movie that showed writer’s intention to let the characters take control of their fate. A case in point was Ashley’s past indecisiveness becoming a wake-up call for Rasool.
I made the Shakespearean tragedy analogy because throughout the movie it appeared as though the writing was on the wall for the couple, and the climax confirmed it. I’m sure people have received the movie with varying degrees of alacrity. But most cannot deny being struck by movie’s brooding characters, which though not unheard of in modern romantic flicks, hit all the right notes here.