Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Innathe Chinthavishayam

The name of Sathyan Anthikkad’s latest film can give you some nostalgic feelings, especially for those who have studied in malayalam medium schools in the past. The team behind the hit film, ‘Rasathanthram’ is once again here. Mohanlal, Meera Jasmine, Sathyan Anthikkad, Azhakappan and Ilayaraja are working under the same banner Ashirwad Cinemas.

The family problems existing with in the current society is discussed here. 3 families, Mukesh-Sukanya , Vijayaraghavan-Mohini and Asokan-Muthumani are the members who are the victims. The female members of these different families happened to be close friends. The first family has got the mobile phone issues due to the behaviour of husband, second one is having an over caring husband with an unusual attitude, the last one is an orthodox family which doesn’t allow ladies to work. These 3 families are in the brim of divorce. In such an occasion our hero comes to the scene and with the help of the heroine who is an ‘extraordinary genius’ how he solves the problems in the family is what ‘Innathe Chinthavishayam’ deals with.

Though this is a family oriented subject happening in the city atmosphere, we cant omit some of the hurdles and doubts happened in the Chinthavishayam journey. Meera Jasmine’s character is a replica of the one she played in ‘Vinodayathra’, directed by Sathyan Anthikkad. She knows everything in the world and there is also one scene in which the hero praising her intelligence. Also the family story of the heroine is left uncompleted. Mohanlal’s flexibility lacks perfection in certain sequences. One or two songs are happening in unwanted situations. The scene in which the 3 friends trying to trap Meera by blaming theft on her is adapted from some black & white films in the past. The discussion shown between those friends regarding the hero and heroine is sometimes childish and dramatic. In the 28th year of his professional career, Mohanlal is not an ideal pair for Meera Jasmine or viceversa...

‘Manassiloru Poomaala...’ is a typical Ilayaraja duet and has got the rhythm to be popular. Azhakappan's camera work is good, especially in songs and sequences picturised in tamil nadu.

Since last 3 films, ‘Rasathanthram’, ‘Vinodayathra’ & ‘Innathe Chinthavishayan’, we have seen a script writer also in Sathyan Anthikkad. Seeing those 2 films, we can’t rank him as the best, as far as the script is taken into account. Here also the result is the same. But the success of his previous films and the ‘family oriented’ image may give another hit to the ace director in this summer vacation.

We have seen many family subjects like ‘Innathe Chinthavishayam’ before. One or two issues discussing here is relevant in the current social arena, but the way in which the director portrayed the things and finds a solution for the problems is not upto the mark.

Rating : 2.5 / 5

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