Baba Kalyani draws mixed reviews, opinions range from terrible to satifying. Reviews give low marks to S N Swami’s lacklustre screenplay. It has to be seen if Mohanlal’sbad luck with Police Costumes will end with this movie.
Despite all that pre-release positive hype and hoopla, Mohanlalâ€™s Baba Kalyani leaves you cold. There is not a shred of originality in S.N.Swamyâ€™s script and Shaji Kailasâ€™ direction is nothing to rave about.
Swamy has ripped off Major Raviâ€™s Keerthichakra (which is still running in theatres!) and Mohanlal character is nothing but Major Mahadevan turned into Baba Kalyani! Instead of Kashmir milieu we have Kochi as backdrop. The climaxes in both the films are similar and Swamy has added dashes of Oru CBI Dairy Kurippu series!
However what saves the film from being a total disaster is Mohanlal. The actor steers this uneven film somehow to the winning post. He is cool as he effortlessly changes from casual to seriousness and does his role with consummate ease. Watch him snort as part of his characterâ€™s mannerism.
Mohanlal has played the part of Baba Kalyani with ease. His performance as the very controlled and cool-headed cop is excellent. The English dialogues that the writer S.N. Swamy thrusts into his mouth could however, have been avoided since they sound unnatural and don’t really seem to suit Mohanlal. Biju Menon as Baba’s aide Thomas, Jagathy Sreekumar as Sub Inspector Ramanan, Indrajith as Zahir Ahmed alias Babu, Saikumar as Iza Muhammed Haji, Kaviyoor Ponnamma as Meenakshi Amma, and Maya Moushumi as Thomas’ wife Ammini do justice to their respective roles. Murali as Arackal Ashokan has nothing much to do. It’s the same with Siddique, as Tamil Nadu DIG Reghupathi. Mamta as Madhumita doesn’t impress much.
In Kerala, a film released in 60 centers is certainly a big affair. And so is Baba Kalyani. After a sequel of common man’s silent life in many of his previous endeavors, Mohanlal is back with a thrilling entertainer. The new aura of ‘Baba Kalyani’ is quite satisfying, not only for the fans, but also the general masses.
A deliberate attempt to inject the family theme into the thread however seems to be redundant. Not so excellent, still flawless script by S.N. Swamy lays a solid foundation and Shaji Kailaas-Mohanlal team is yet again in the way of creating a hit.