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Who is the real hero?

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After watching the much awaited sequel of Kilukkam, titled Kilukkam Kilukilukkam, a reviewer asked

Jeepers Creepers! What in the name of comedy and entertainment has director Sandhya Mohan dished out in Kilukkam Kilukilukkam? The film is full of crass comedy and buffoonery and it is really sad to see Mohanlal, the man with the best comic timing being reduced to a joker although he appears only in the last 15 minutes of the film.No one has a well-etched out role in the film. The comedians dressed up as women are terrible and downright rude. Kavya trying to imitate Revathy’s antics from the original has the audience booing! The weak script makes the characters a lot more dumper than they really are as crude slapstick rules. The most polite comment that can be made is that this travesty called Kilukkam Kilukilukkam is a disgrace for Priyan and his comedy classic Kilukkam.

Normally you would think such a movie would crash big time and the producer of the movie would be looking for work as a thief or a politician. It seems, such crass comedy is what people want.

According to trade reports, the movie has made about 1.10 crore in 10 days which is good for a small movie. The people responsible for making this movie a success are children below 10 years, who apparently are thrilled by the antics of Jayasurya, Kunchako Boban and Kavya Madhavan.

Another reason for the success of this movie is due to the marketing of this movie as a Mohanlal movie even though he appears only for about 15 minutes at the end of the movie. The film makers realized that Jayasurya and Kunchako are lightweight heroes who cannot carry a movie entirely on their fragile shoulders, already broken by carrying movies like Immini Nalloral, Pulival Kalyanam , Jalolsavam, Iruvattam Manavatty. So they decided to ignore them and try something different.

The inside story we heard was that it seems the horse wanted to be put on the posters as the hero. This was one of the conditions the animal put forward during negotiations with the producer for withdrawing the animal abuse case. The producers thought it would be a good idea too, as it would bring a good initial than putting Jayasurya and Kunchako on the poster.

Then came an idea. Give credit to the guy who is least present in the movie. (By that benchmark, the horse should have credit, but enough of horse jokes). This pattern has been successfully exploited in various movies earlier also. In Wanted, the heroes were a bunch of youngsters, whose names we don’t remember. Mohanlal appeared in a total of five scenes in the movies, and so the movie was branded as a Mohanlal movie and released.

Usually such divine interventions are reserved for movies with weak content or lack of self belief. Of course, there are exceptions like Narasimham and Gandhi Nagar 2nd street(Mammootty). In the delightful comedy Peruvannapurathe Viseshangal, one of the jarring moments was the appearence of Mohanlal, which was like an insult to the hard work of other actors. The film makers also made use of Mohanlal’s service in Summer in Bethlehem for about ten minutes. It is not just Mohanlal who has done this. Dileep made a guest appearance in Perumazhakkalam and Parvathi did it in Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu.

In this particular case, if the film makers did not have confidence in the talents of Kunchako Boban and Jayasurya, they should not have cast them in the first place. The horse and Mohanlal would have pulled in a lot more money.

11 Comments

  1. I think you are absoultly on the mark. I can’t even stand those two. They can’t even act. Especially Jayasurya. Its because of nut heads like him that give malayalam cinema a bad name. Him and his Ooomapenna nonsense. I was even disappointed in Deepak’s music and I LOVE Deepak. Took a classic and dragged it through the mud!

    // Tony

  2. Tony,

    We are no fans of Jayasurya either. So far none of his movies have impressed us. Kunchako is a decent actor, but it is very difficult for him to carry a movie entirely on his own strength – especially a comedy movie.

  3. If you think about it, what has he Kunchako really done after Aniyathipravu? I did also like the fact usually he’s movies have good soundtracks. He came here for a show in the states and he couldn’t act or dance. He came with Kavya.. infact the whole show was bad.. the only highlight was the singing of Jyotsna and Biju.

  4. Tony,

    Two movies we liked were Kasthooriman and Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka. Even in small roles in Harikrishnans and Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam, he has performed decently, way ahead of people like Jayasurya.

  5. Actually now that you mention it, Narendran Makan was decent.. but I liked his supporting cast too. He does good as that humble, innocent boy.. like Harikrishnans. But he’s outgrown it now… bring back the days of Gandhi Nair Street… Nadodikaatu.. Dhwani…

  6. i had thought the film may not be liked by some but cant make a big comment without seeing it

  7. kilukilukkam is ripped off by film snobs.but its the hit of the year in the box office.producers wish to thank those who laughed watching the movie and the pseudo pundits are laughing at it afterwards .come on its an entertainer,not a piece of cinematic genius or avant garde classic.just chill.

  8. Paul Robinson,
    Box office success is not the yardstick to measure a movie’s quality.

  9. yeah paul robinson many movies do become huge hits because of certain combinations some new innovations but there are many movies which even though wud not have box office success but still would be good movies.
    Rajamanikyam was the biggest hit though i do agree it was a new trend setting movie but if u go by storyline it hardly had any..

  10. Maybe Kilikilukkam was never aimed at grown ups. Mabe the target audience was indeed kids below 10. In that sense, it’s decent. For us, Innocent dressed up as a lady looks yukky and gross. But for kids, it would be as humorous as it can get. True, Kavya’s attempt to imitate Revathi is pathetic, but again, kids liked it.. Once you define the target audience as kids below 10, it is a good movie!

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