We had a good time watching the drama behind this expensive movie and wrote many articles in jest about the behind the scenes activity. In our preview we expressed concern that I.V.Sasi and T.Damodaran have not shown any magic for a decade. Now the movie has been released and the verdict is that it is a thriller. It seems I.V.Sasi has not lost his touch and Mammotty is still on a roll.
On the down side, there is basically no story and the climax is a bit of letdown as Taradas is glorified as he has a change of heart. Actually the film is a clash between the two protagonists with different images. It is difficult to say who is better- Balram or Taradas, as Mammootty makes both the characters come alive. Katrina is perfect as Supriya the petite, touch-me-not film actress and has been well presented by Sasi. The comedy track of Jagadish and Kalpana as husband and wife police officers is funny along with Sreenivasan as the editor of a yellow rag.
On the whole, Sasi has made a comeback with a racy entertainer. So go ahead and make your matinee.
It is Mammootty as Balram, okay make it Taradas, who delivers a memorable performance. He has retained the links with the old characters to ensure continuity. Yet, he has given polish to them to give a contemporary relevance. Only a first-rate performer can do this. And Mammootty is one. What is important is that he seems to have enjoyed the challenge. Sasi has used his all histrionic ability (to do that in a commercial movie is great). He also looks very debonair in those designer outfits in Dubai.
The other plus point is that the film has a very contemporary chic look. The technical and production values certainly get high grades. Sanjeev Sankar camera work belongs to the top drawer. Jassie Gift’s rhythm-based music fits the bill almost perfectly.
Sasi shows that he has not lost his touch. The director, wielding the megaphone after a considerable gap, shows class is permanent.
(Picture courtesy : Nowrunning.com)