While realeasing his new film, July 4, named after his lucky day, Dileep has realized that July 5th is also a lucky day. The movie which could not be released on his birthday has done good business even when it was released a day later. The implications of this are great for this means that Dileep’s movie for next year can be titled July 5th. In fact if this trend continues, he will realize that any day is a lucky day provided that movie has something interesting for the viewer. Since there are 365 days in a year, the titles of all possible Dileep movies are covered now. A much more difficult problem for next year would be finding a heroine younger than Roma.
Reviewers asks us not to expect much comedy, which Dileep’s strength,Â in this movie,Â as this is an action movie. They credit Joshy and script writers Sibi and Uday with an edge of the seat thriller.
Like all Joshy films of the 80â€™s, this one two starts in a prison, where the protagonist Gokuldas (Dileep), is brutally beaten up by the Superintend of the jail, former ACP Ramachandran (Siddique). Das actually is due to leave the prison for his good conduct on July 4 (hence the title) but Ramachandran is determined that he will not leave the jail alive! In a flashback Gokuldas, narrates to the good jailor Potti (Innocent), his life and times and why the bad cop Ramachandran is after his blood.
Gokuldas as a child witnessed his mother being brutally raped and killed by a cop, while he and other children accused of being thieves was in lock-up. Later he and the other children kill the cop and run away to Mumbai, where they join the underworld. But the death of an innocent taxi driver and close friend Gopalettan (Vijayraghavan) in a police encounter, makes Das change his attitude. He opts for a peaceful life in Coimbatore as a taxi driver, and also takes a decision to look after his friends daughters.
Dileep as Gokul Das is good and he does justice to his role. Notebook fame Roma as Sreepriya renders able support. Siddique as Ramachandran suits his role perfectly well. Devan as Sreepriya’s father Viswanath is OK. Innocent as Narayanan Potti, Vijayaraghavan as Gopalan, Lakshmi Ramakrishnan as Sreepriya’s mother, Cochin Haneefa as driver Abu etc do justice to their roles. All the others too fit well into their respective roles.
The technical support too is good. The songs in the film though are not impressive. The only song that is good is “Oru vaakum mindaathe…” To sum up, July 4 is a film that is well-made, but it doesn’t impress us much, the main reason being that this is not what is expected out of a Dileep movie. People expect him to play a merry and lively character, and if that is done, they would be ready to accept action too from him. But here we have action and drama only, sans the usual Dileep kind of humour. And that does harm to the film. And similarly in the second half, matters seem to drag a bit. July 4 can be termed a well-made but average kind of film that won’t come close to being a must-see.
It is understandable that he would want to release his films on the fourth of July ever since his film Meesa Madhavan [Images] became a huge hit (it was also released on July 4). But to name a film after the date with what can be called as an excuse of a screenplay is surely stretching it too far.
When someone depends just on luck, without seemingly putting in any effort to achieve success, it creates a kind of revulsion in us. That is what happens with this film.
The excuse of a screenplay by Sibi K Thomas-Uday Krishna has layers and layers of flashback that make us feel as if we are peeling an onion! The story of Gokul Das (Dileep) is inspired from a number of films beginning with the Mani Ratnam classic Nayagan to numerous nondescript films of recent and not so recent past, with a song popping up at regular intervals as if to give respite to the harried viewers from the humdrum proceedings.Â