Aadujeevitham – ‘The Goat Life’ movie review: Prithviraj’s performance drives the finest survival drama.

The ways in which challenges can transform a person are beyond imagination. While the physical changes are noticeable, Blessy’s Aadujeevitham goes deeper, exploring the profound impact of adversity on an individual’s life. It delves into the story of a man who finds himself living in harsh conditions on a goat farm in a desert, highlighting the broader psychological and emotional transformations that such experiences can bring about. This international collaboration involves Indian and American companies. “Aadujeevitham” was released on March 28, 2024, offering an engaging cinematic experience. It is based on the acclaimed 2008 Malayalam novel “Aadujeevitham” by Benyamin, which draws inspiration from true events. The movie stars Prithviraj Sukumaran as Najeeb, a Malayali immigrant worker forced into slavery as a goatherd on a remote Saudi Arabian farm.

Trailer of Aadujeevitham – ‘The Goat Life’

The film presents an intriguing portrayal of the real-life protagonist’s challenges with language. When Najeeb (played by Prithviraj Sukumaran) arrives at a Saudi airport with a younger companion, he faces difficulties in communicating effectively, primarily relying on Malayalam. This linguistic barrier significantly influences the subsequent unfortunate events in their lives.

After spending years herding goats and camels on the farm without any human interaction except for abuse from his ‘owner,’ Najeeb gradually forgets the language he once knew, almost mimicking a goat when he reunites with his long-lost friend. Amidst Aadujeevitham’s narrative of intense suffering and heightened emotions, these moments of delicate touches stand out. Another instance is when an emaciated Najeeb cherishes a rare opportunity to take a bath after years, during a brief escape from the farm.

Najeeb (played by Prithviraj Sukumaran) in Aadujeevitham.
Najeeb (played by Prithviraj Sukumaran) in Aadujeevitham.

The climax of Aadujeevitham eschews manufactured excitement and exaggerated emotional displays, instead opting for a moment of profound silence where humanity shines through. Instead, it captures a moment of profound silence where humanity shines through. This essence reflects the true spirit of Malayalam cinema, embodying the unique personality of Malayalees as resilient explorers and survivors. Aadujeevitham stands out as a remarkable Malayalam film for portraying this state of mind.

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