If a bowler gets three wickets in a row, we know it is called a hat trick. What we don’t know is the right word when an actor delivers five flops in a row. We are not talking about ordinary actors like Jayasurya or Manikuttan but the redoubtable Mohanlal.
Mohanlal’s Flash occupied the same position among the Christmas releases that plankton occupies in the food chain .Audience showed unprecedented unanimity in disproving the ‘Mohanlal initial’ and Flash became flashback within the first week of it’s release. Flash right now is battlingÂ Of the People for the last position, and we foresee an enthralling three way competetion with Novel joining the group. Flash was preceded by fourÂ mega flops – Alibhai, RGV ‘s Aag, Paradesi, and Rock n Roll which all fell like the Berlin wall. For an actor who is in complete control of his career, failure of this magnitude is atypical.
The naive might ask: Did Mohanlal write or direct those movies? Shouldn’t you be blaming the writers, directors and producers.? Well, Mohanlal gets to pick the director of his choice and no one is beyond his influence — new directors who have delivered hits with Mammotty, as well as veteran hit makers. If no producers are available, the omni present Antony Perumbavoor and his “Aashirwad” films serves as the cat’s-paw for his schemes.
The ‘shock and awe’ strategy of carpet bombing the state with an inane Mohanlal movie with the hope that the initial would pull them through is not working any more. Such rackets don’t work in the SMS era. WithÂ competition from Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi movies actors like Mohanlal need to learn something from the other pillar of Malayalam film industry Mammotty, who has adapted to the times, works with new comers, selects good scripts, and is still giving hits.
Mohanlal’s biggest mistake is in trustingÂ directors and paying scant attention to the script and the story. The common theme across Alibhai, RGV’s Aag, Rock n Roll and Flash is amateurish script writing. After completing almost three decades in this industry, he should realize that a change is on. Even the die hard fans are expecting something of a story and are fed up seeing Mohanlal-Jagathi juvenile acts and Narasimham clones. In fact the lesson is simple and his old friend Srinivasan explained it best in a recent interview.
The early line up in 2008 does not look good with College Kumaran and Akasha Gopuram.Â His next possible hit could be Lal Jose’s Cousins in which Mohanlal co-stars with Prithviraj.