Starring: Dulquer Salmaan, Parvathy Menon
Directed by Martin Prakkat
Overwhelmed by the ennui of her job, her life and a tiresome marriage proposal to a rich oaf, Tessa (Parvathy Menon) just flees from it all. She rents out a dilapidated room at the top of the stairs in Fort Kochi. When she steps into her room, it takes on a life of its own. It transports her into a mesmerising land filled with art works abandoned by the mysterious previous lodger (Dulquer Salmaan). Tessa, broom and brush in hand in a bid to clean up the room, stumbles upon a brilliantly sketched graphic novel. And the story comes alive: the room, the former roomer and a thief who comes a-robbing. Tessa, spellbound, learns that the roomer accompanies the thief on his nightly adventure. They clamber up a roof and look down through an opening and what they see shocks them. The novel ends abruptly there with the rest of the pages left blank. This intrigues Tessa no end and she sets out on a magical journey to find the characters of the novel and the former roomer, a secretive man who slips in and out of people’s lives. Is this for real? Is he a djinn? The film has a surreal quality charged with elements of mystery and fantasy. Charlie sure has the potential of crossing borders and becoming a pan-Indian phenomenon: a veritable Charlie industry.