The film CU Soon, from director-writer Mahesh Narayanan, is one of the best Indian films released at this closing. Aside from the fact that it is a film that was shot completely during lock and on the iPhone, what really sets it apart is its test tone and how it uses a set of digital screens to bring a taut and genre viewing experience. Although cut in the same vein as Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching (released in 2018), Mahesh’s film is very successful due to the emotional depth that adds to the characters, allowing the viewer to feel what it’s like to see something completely open on a few screens.
The film opens on the screen of Jimmy Kurian’s phone (Roshan Mathew) as he casually swings through women’s profiles on Tinder. She is very similar to Anu (Darshana Rajendran), and before we knew it, they were making video calls on the Google Duo. It all happened so fast and made one wonder how these things could happen so quickly. But over time it makes sense why they are dating and falling in love so quickly. Jimmy lifts Anu through a video tape in front of his mother, tying the ropes to Jimmy’s cousin Kevin Thomas (Fahadh Faasil), a cyber security expert, to dig deeper and find out more about Anu. Although he is not comfortable with the idea of attacking the privacy of personal information, Kevin finally gives up on behalf of his aunt. In an instant, he is able to obtain all the necessary information and declare that Anu is “absolutely true”. However, problems escalated after Anu disappeared mysteriously after spending a week with Jimmy, and the shocking video note he left behind only made matters worse. Kevin has to find out what happened to Anu, and when he does, he reveals a few dark secrets.
Although CU Soon is a happy heart, it is also a film that puts the perspective on the concept of relationships in the age of social media and dating apps. This film is able to help us distinguish between what we see and hear in a world where the role of technology is yet to be fully accepted. Soon the CU shows that technology can be a blessing and a bane. It well illustrates the fact that technology has taken over our lives and some of us are already paying the price.
As the search for Anu begins, as a spectator, you are connected to the end. There is a sense of urgency to find out what happened to Anu and it sounds like a race against time. The tension intensifies every minute and through every window or screen Kevin opens as he investigates Anu’s disappearance. Fahadh makes Kevin’s character more interesting than it already is with his awesome performance. Known for bringing a lot of character with his eyes only, Fahadh makes Kevin very fun to watch. In one scene, she is called a colleague by her female colleagues but it doesn’t take long to realize that circumstances can change a person. Roshan Mathew is equally beautiful and is fast becoming one of the most entertaining characters to be considered in Malayalam cinema.
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