Lilli is basically a survival thriller centred around a pregnant woman and a gang of kidnappers. The woman is held captive in a dingy building in the city outskirts. Whether she manages to escape from them is the crux of the plot. Anything more will end up as spoilers, so let’s not go further. Samyuktha Menon's performance in 'Lilli' is undoubtedly mind-blowing. The actress proved that she is an asset to Mollywood, and deserves a special round of applause for her efforts. This role of a heavily pregnant woman must have taken a toll on her, both physically and mentally. It was literally hard to sit through the movie watching her going through all the pain and suffering. And, Samyuktha’s earnest performance is the prime reason for that. The other cast members including Aaryan Krishna Menon, Kannan Nayar, Dhanesh Anand and Sajin did their parts very well. Appu N. Bhattathiri has once again proved that he is the hottest prospect in the field of editing at the moment. Prasobh Vijayan has crafted the movie well. The cinematography stands top-notch and is a real treat to see the mysterious lighting in the room where Lilli is trapped. Some metaphors have also been included smartly and the open-ended climax tells a lot about the debutant director’s conviction in his work.
Lilli is a survival drama that is high on violence, at times an overdose of it. Not everyone can stomach it but if you succeed, the film will get you thinking.