It is with regret that we announce that The Mainour and the Eye-Witness will no longer be available for screening at the festival. We apologize for any inconvenience. Those who have purchased tickets can receive refunds from their point of purchase. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you at the rest of #ReelAsian21!
After marrying against their parents’ wishes, inter-caste lovers Sreeja and Prasad move away from their hometown and are finally beginning their married life. Hoping to begin a successful crop business, they’ve invested the little money that they have into land, only to learn their farm lacks a source of water. They head into the nearby town to pawn Sreeja’s golden wedding necklace—their last hope.
Their plans are upended when a wiley thief skillfully steals Sreeja’s chain as she dozes off on the bus, then swallows it when she calls for help. Captured and brought to the nearest police station by the entire bus, the thief adamantly refuses to stealing anything, poking holes in young Sreeja’s story. Confounded by the thief’s confidence and charm, Prasad begins to doubt his wife’s certainty, as the small police force racks their brains on how to ‘retrieve’ the missing necklace and scrambles to pin the crime on this slimy yet lovable character, while their superiors are breathing down their backs.
A dark comedy of errors, The Mainour & The Eye-Witness exemplifies the charm of Malayalam storytelling—relaxed, unpredictable and wholly delightful. One can’t help but fall in love with the film’s villain, played brilliantly by South Indian superstar Fahadh Faisil, in an equally entertaining and frustrating performance that keeps you doubting until the end.