The film is loosely based on the life and times of late Malayalam poet P Kunhiraman Nair.
Movie Review :
Ivan Megharoopan moves along with a wandering bard, his poems and a few lovable women. For every woman, the poet reserves a glance sometimes mischievous, sometimes meaningful and in return he gets a longing filled with sighs and whispers that eventually meld together in endless gasps.
The film closely follows P Kunhiraman Nair, a man known as much for his poems as for his journeys. Prakash Bare's glassy looks seldom distort the lead character he plays. Bare gives life to K P Madhavan Nair with a wonderful restraint and he is immensely helped by a thick mop of curls and an ink-blotch on his pocket.
Director Balachandran blends passion, poetry and pain with a measure that forges stirring moments. There is a woman who is deeply in love with the poet though unknowingly her man misses their marriage date. Their next meeting foretells a catastrophe. What ensues is a histrionic scene where Padmapriya fumes loudly, forces herself in front of the poet only to smother her anger and agony in the warm tangle of his embrace.
The occasional soliloquy that runs along with the narrative lends a haunting feel to the tale. Rajeev Ravi seems to be besotted with his own frames. He patiently follows the fluttering shreds of paper as they slowly settle upon the lotus leaves in a moon-lit pond. He drenches some frames in dim shades of Krishnanattam and puppetry. He also frames the subtle play of thoughts and emotions of the characters.
Ivan Megharoopan is a moving, poignant account of a poet's life that gains a lot from a carefully chosen cast. It even gets delightful at times when the poet wobbles between insanity and normalcy - when Nair is keen on seeking blessings from kids and when he is ridden more with love than with passion.