In Chotta Mumbai there were two questions for which we were seeking answers.
- Is Anwar Rasheed a one act pony?
- Does Mohanlal look like Bhavana’s Daddy?
According to the reviews the answer to (1) and (2) is No. Anwar Rasheed seems to have created an excellent “entertainer”, a word much abused by Johnny Antony and Mohanlal looks youthful in this fun movie. As in the case of Rajamanickyam, Anwar Rasheed has proved that he’s excellent in characterisations, which has saved his movies despite having story lines which look as weak as Indrans.
Despite in wafer thin plot which is a letdown is definitely, the film manages to grip your heart with its no melodramatic content and rave performances from the lead.
Mohanlal as Thalai looks stunning and makes another believable and honest performance with great comic timing on screen. This is definitely one of the roles that is tailor made for him and will make his fans happy. And other competent performances also come from Jagathy, Siddhique and Manikkuttan.
And the one who stands out is Bijukutaan who utilizes this chance after Pothenvava to the fullest. Bhavana appears talkative, as ‘Parakum Lathaâ€™. Kalabhavan Mani as the villain, Vijayakumari (actor Mukesh’s mother) as the villain’s mentally ill mom.
Chotta Mumbai thrives definitely on comedy that comes naturally from such a cast of good timers. And the technical side is the best, with mesmerizing camera of Azagappan, which keeps pace with the film
On the whole, Chotta mumbai is a well made film, which proves that Anwar is definitely not a one film wonder. He skillfully executes the film from one of the weakest scripts by Benny P Nayarambalam, And with Lal in another gem of a performance, the director too can sit back and enjoy the film’s run at the box office.
Conviction can bring any formula to life, as proved by Anwar Rasheed in Chotta Mumbai. It is a mass formula movie made like a Bollywood late Manmohan Desai or closer home a typical Kollywood Rajnikanth or Vijay extravaganza. The cardinal rule of the game is not to look for logic or reason, just sit back, relax and enjoy.Take a chill pill, and enjoy the amazing screen presence of Mohanlal, the one man entertainment troupe. Ranging through a wide field of comedy, action and son-father sentiments, the star shines in this outrageous masala dosa of an entertainer that will surely appeal to a broad spectrum of his fans.
The story is wafer thin and depends more on Anwar’s presentation and Mohanlal’s mass image, to work with the viewers.
The camera of Azagappan, keeps pace with the film, thanks to Donmax’s fast cuts. There are four songs in the film tuned by new guy Rahul Raj, including a re-mix of the old favourite Chetti Kulangaraâ€¦.There is no real catchy number, the music could have been better especially the background score. The script of Benny P.Nayarambalam has full of local Fort Kochi slangâ€™s.
What makes the film tick is Mohanlal’s at the heart of this mad, mad, mad world with his impeccable sense of comic timing. Clearly he is at home playing this type of character- for him it is the equivalent of an old pair of Hawai slippers. If laughter is the best medicine then Anwar Rasheed has earned his stripes yet again.
Paresh Palicha writes an incoherent review in Rediff sans analysis
After the stupendous success of Rajamanikyam, Anwar Rasheed is back with his new film Chotta Mumbai — not a classy affair, but surely an entertaining one. And, the credit goes to screenplay and dialogue writer Benny P Nayarambalam for fleshing out the characters of this thin concept of a bunch of happy-go-lucky guys staying at Fort Kochi.
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