Will this be the 6th one in a row? We’ll know soon. Most of the reviewers were brutal in their analysis.
Obviously, I didnâ€™t go for the film expecting it to be a masterpiece, but in spite of all Rasathanthrams and Nattu Rajavus, I still I keep looking forward to every Mohanlal movie, hoping that it would be something different, or at least offer some time-pass. But College Kumaran just made me repent for spending the money for buying ticket. Since it is Thulasidas’s film, I won’t talk about logic, theme, presentation, characterizations, etc. And in any case the theme is a rehash of the superhero-shinkidis-fans-villains formula planted to a college atmosphere, with the usual “package” of actors playing their “standard characters – Siddique and Jayakrishnan playing villains, Balachandra Menon coming in jubbah for revealing the “secret”, Jagannatha Varma playing the judge, etc. There is absolutely no “comedy” (except for the aforementioned gem). Songs are of the kind which would really make us wish to have a remote control to fast-forward them on the screen. Can we at least hope that we could make ourselves feel pleasant looking at the good-looking heroine, Vimala Raman? No, as she doesn’t have many scenes in the film, and the photography too is just mediocre.
College Kumaran shouldnâ€™t have been made. It’s such a waste of time and money of its makers as well as viewers.
Flawed direction is only one of the numerous woes that plague the film. Technically College Kumaran is a shoddy film that reveals sloppier production values. It has a laid-back feel to it, that’s unmistakably crass. That it has been in the making for quite a while could be seen as a reasonable apologia to the jaded air. I would gladly grant it to Ouseppachan for coming up with a few lilting tunes that sporadically perk up an otherwise foul feel that lingers all over.
It wouldn’t hurt to brand the film as a snoozer and a true test on the nerves. It’s so lackluster to the point of being dimwitted. And it leaves a bad taste, even for the brain dead.
The film rooted in the campus itself has a pretty thin story line. But Thulaseedas has finally managed to convert the flick into a passable fare. The director is spot on the little subject, he had and races to the final with the help of fine cuts by P C Mohanan. The screenplay and dialogues by Suresh Pothuwal flesh out the characters of this thin concept, with not many deviations. The later half is more impressive, but with too many cliches, that makes the flick a predictable stuff. Mohanlal looks tired but ease through the role which he had been in, many times before. Vimala Raman as Madhavi is ok but has precious little to do. The shortcoming of the script is that it doesnâ€™t have many hilarious moments, funny sequences, punch lines or witty one liner. Suraaj and Harishree Ashokan as Kumaran’s aides in canteen try to bring in chuckles but fails more than often. Siddhique as Sethunathan is in his usual self while a bunch of young artists completes the castline as campus groups.