Ever since Renji Panikker and Renjith went solo, Shaji Kailas is in lookout for that elusive super hit. For most of his recent movies he has stuck to his favourite hero Suresh Gopi, but he had a different scenarist for each one of his movies (AK Sajan for Chintamani, Joy Pallassery for Don, B.Unnikrishnan for Tiger to name a few). Shaji is yet to find a story writer who would match his assault on the senses style of film making.
For the movie Baba Kalyani, Mohanlal is uniting with Shaji after a gap of 2 years(the last two movies they did together was Natturajavu and Thandavam, both toppers in the list of terrible Mohanlal movies). Mohanlal is donning a police role after long time in Malayalam. He did a police role in Olympian Antony Adam(1999) and Company (2002).
Baba Kalyani is a soft-spoken IPS officer attached to the anti-terrorism wing. He is different from the run of the mill police officers you see on screen. His investigative approach is also different. He is not rude or arrogant, and doesn’t fly off his handle at the slightest provocation. He is extremely intelligent and his methods are very subtle. Because of reports from the Intelligence Bureau that terrorists are planning a series of bomb blasts in Kerala, Baba Kalyani is posted to investigate. Assisting him are Circle Inspector Thomas Chandy and Sub-Inspector Ramanan. At the end of numerous hurdles, their investigation leads them to the door of some one very high in the echelons of power. [Preview Nowrunning.com]
This movie has two unique things which make it interesting
- Mohanlal is uniting with Shaji after a gap of 2 years
- Mohanlal is donning a police role after long time in Malayalam
Oh did we say that before? For a viewer, there is nothing new in Shaji Kailas films. It is not even like old wine in new bottle, it is more like drinking the same wine from the same bottle again and again. When Dileep’s Chess was released, it promised that Dileep’s character would use his brains for revenge, but in the movie we had to see Dileep beating up Bheeman Raghu. So when a Malayalam police movie promises subtlety, our take is we will wait and see. Shaji Kailas doing subtlety would happen the day when Babu Namboothiri does action movies.
This movie also stars Mamta Mohandas, whom you may remember for her not so subtle performance in Lanka. This union of Mamta and Mohanlal is more exciting than the union of Shaji and Mohanlal or Police Uniform and Mohanlal. If this movie does not become a success, Mamta will have to take her style of subtlety and move to Chennai permanently.
For this movie Shaji Kailas has settled on S.N.Swamy to do the story and screenplay. Being an investigative story, and that being S.N.Swamy’s only strength, this movie could do well in box office unless it is of Photographer quality.