Thursday, May 29, 2008


Like Kamalhassan, Mammootty, Jagathi, Sharath Kumar, Vikram, Surya etc., it is now Dileep’s turn to act with a shaven head in his recent venture ‘Mulla’. After the hangover of many flops in a row like ‘Speed Track’, ‘July 4’, ‘Romeo’ & ‘Calcutta News’, Dileep is now in director Lal Jose’ camp. He kept faith in his friend who once gave a big break for him through ‘Meesmadhavan’. Vipin Mohan, who handled the camera for Lal Jose’s first few films like ‘Oru Maravathoor Kanavu’ , ‘Rendam Bhavam’ & ‘Chandranudikkunna Dikkil’ is with them for the support. Script writer Sindhuraj (‘Jalolsavam & ‘Pattanathil Sundaran’) who has not yet received a big name is the writer for ‘Mulla’. Vidhyasagar is in charge of the musical area. A new heroine is introduced here, Meera Nandan ( ‘Idea Star Singer’ fame ) and other casts include Biju Menon, Saiju Kurup, Salim Kumar, Anoop Chandran etc.

‘Mulla’ tells the story of the under world gangs living in the slums. The tug of war between different groups is shown, among them the group lead by Biju Menon holds the key. Dileep is like an younger brother to him. The slum where they stays is just behind the busy railway line, so trains has a good role in the majority scenes.
The heroine who is a regular traveller in the train happens to meet the hero, later the usual clichĂ© of developing this atmosphere into love is happening here also. In the race, they got a baby from the train and it holds a bond between the hero and the heroine. As usual problem arises in her family, a murder happened in her family before is also tracked by the hero. The villain takes revenge on the hero and in the end what happened to the slum and the people attached to it is what we witness through ‘Mulla’.

‘Mulla’ has some positives to project. We cant forget the excellent art work by Gokuldas in creating the slums & the interior of trains, Cinematography by Vipin Mohan in capturing the visuals especially inside train should be appreciated, Vidyasagar has given some variety songs, the way in which Laljose presented the whole story through a song sequence is also something new, Dileep in his serious character has performed well.

But there are also some downfalls in the second half of the journey. The incidents happening there is too complex and the story of the child is shown in many films before.I don’t know why Bhavana is unnecessarily coming in the middle, may be it might have done to create a punch to the interval scene, but the outcome is very poor and childish. Usually people don’t encourage films discussing negative issues like life in slums, poverty, prostitution, abandon children, beggaring, murders etc...

Seeing from far, you cant point out anything fishy here; but when you are near this ‘Mulla’ is not having a pleasing aroma. So it won’t be a comfortable bet for families.

Rating : 2.5 / 5

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