Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ividam Swargamaanu

Medium : Malayalam
Starring : Mohanlal, Shankar, Srenivasan, Thilakan, Lalu Alex, Lakshmi Rai, Priyanka, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy
Director : Roshan Andrews
Music : Gopi Sundar

May be the young director Roshan Andrews has done two films only ('Udayanaanu Thaaram' & 'Notebook') in the last four years, it is a fact that he has proved his caliber through those two projects which were big hits. Now his new project named 'Ividam Swargamaanu' has got Mohanlal once again in the lead role. The film is produced by the actor himself under the banner of A
shirwad Cinemas. This is a family subject in which the lead actor comes in the role of a farmer and has also has got the senior actor Thilakan coming as Mohanlal's father after a long gap. James Albert has written the script after giving youthful films like 'Classmates' and 'Cycle'.

The film opens when the reporter (Priyanka) of Asia Vision channel reaches The village for a program shoot. She happens to meet Mathews (Mohanlal), who is a notable farmer in the locality. His big farm has got large amount of cattles, paddy fields, vegetable plantations etc. A crooked rich man, Chandy (Lalu Alex) who lives in the village is also engaged in real estate business; he
wants to buy the land owned by Mathews. Since the owner was not willing to sell the plot, Chandy uses his political and money powers to get his wish done. At one stage the local police and the different administrative departments acted against the hero. Chandy gave a wrong impression to the villagers, telling that the proposed land is the site for a new township. How the hero fought against the land mafia group without using his physical strength is shown in a realistic way in the second half.

The film with a duration of 2.45hrs is too lengthy. As a result the first half areas is lagging. The area where the farm house of the hero is shown in detail has got a documentary effect here and there. The family portions of the hero (Thilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma and Sukumari) doesn't gave the true feel which was there in the films belonging to 80's and beginning 90's. Even after doing some films in malayalam, it looks like the kannada girl Lakshmi Rai now also struggles to speak the language. Shankar, who started his malayalam film career with Mohanlal, is coming here as the hero's friend, but he doesn't have much to do.

Gopi Sundar had given an excellent background score (the chorus opera piece for the father character that repeated twice should have been avoided). Diwakar's cinematography is also good. The performance of Lalu Alex and Jagathi were notable. Mohanlal has also done well.The second half areas where the revenge episode comes has been neatly handled by the director.

The story of the film is simple and good. The title of the film is also important as its them
e; in that sense this title 'Ividam Swargamaanu' is not a catchy one. A stability in scripting in the first half by cut shorting the length, adding a couple of good songs and giving little more heroism to the central character should have been done here. But the film discusses certain situations that anybody should face in his real life.

Time has changed; these days the audience don't want to see realistic subjects. Even if a film like 'Varavelpu' is releasing now, it won't be a big hit as before. On the Christmas day of its release, 'Ividam Swargamaanu' ran with around 70% attendance in the capital city for the second show, the same situation happened a day before for another super star's release also...

'Ividam Swargamaanu' is a film with a realistic story, targeting family audiences. Though it lags in the beginning areas, it takes its usual pace later and is interesting towards the end.

Rating : 7.5 / 10 (revised)

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