Friday, July 9, 2010

Oru Naal Varum

Medium : Malayalam
Starring : Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Suraj Venjarammood, Sameera Reddy, Devayani
Director : T.K.Rajeev Kumar
Music : M.G.Sreekumar

The tensions prevailing between various organizations in the malayalam cine industry like producers, distributors, exhibitors etc along with the monsoon season has affected badly the release of Mohanlal's new movie 'Oru Naal Varum'. The movie which was planned to release in the second half of May has now reached theaters, after affecting certain controversies also. We are aware of the fact that a third party came to the lime light claiming the real story credit of 'Oru Naal Varum'. Anyway now the issues are solved and the distributors assume that since the football fever is in its climax, this is the right time for the release.

After the hit movie 'Udayanaanu Thaaram', Sreenivasan once again decided to take the pen for Mohanlal. T.K.Rajeev Kumar, who is notable through his debutant project, 'Chaanakyan' (by Kamalhassan), has directed it. He did a a couple of projects like 'Pavithram' and 'Thacholi Vargheese Chekavar' with Mohanlal before. The producer Maniyanpillai Raju has given a movie with the same director before, 'Kannezhuthi Pottumthottu'. This time the hero's pair comes from the north, Sameera Reddy ('Musafir', 'No Entry' fame). The music section here is handled by M.G.Sreekumar, who is concentrating more on the composing side, these days.

Sukumaran (Mohanlal) wants to construct a new house in the city. He needs approval from Gopikrishnan (Sreenivasan), the Assistant Town Planning Officer, a corrupted guy. Gopikrishnan lives with his wife (Devayani) and daughter, who is deeply interested to join MBBS course. He is planning to get admission for his daughter in a self financing seat. Sukumaran tried hard, but he is unable to get positive sign from the officer. The instability in the family relationship between Sukumaran and his wife Meera (Sameera Reddy) is also shown. She is staying separately, leaving her husband and little daughter. At last, Sukumaran decided to bribe Gopikrishnan, which leads to a certain chain of incidents in both their families, thus the story of 'Oru Naal Varum' progresses.

Some of the incidents shown here has got the flavor of Mohanlal's recent movie, 'Ividam Swargamaanu' since both the projects discussed the activities related to the government departments. The base story idea is good, but script by Sreenivasan needs more professionalism in conceiving it. Though the family matters of the hero is shown parallelly, it is incomplete and has seen many times before. Such situations are incorporated to attract the family crowd and also to take an attention away from the cat & mouse game happening between Mohanlal and Sreenivasan's characters. No big humor is happening here, even though Suraj Venjarammood is given a role (under pressure), as Gopikrishnan's driver. The name of the village 'kundathode' written on a board and placed beside hero's plot is the last way to generate laughter. The full stop given to Nedumudi Venu's character in such a way is not acceptable. Even though we can demand realistic situations, a cinematic finish should have been done for such a story. Sameera Reddy struggled a lot to show emotions.

The transformation happening to the hero's character is an appreciated one, which is the highlight of the movie. Some of the lighter actions by him in the beginning areas is catchy. Manoj Pillai's cinematography is good. 'Paadan Ninakkoru...' song is already a hit and the only attraction of 'Naathoone...' song is Mohanlal's voice, but they are not included in the movie. Bg score by M.G.Sreekumar goes with the mood. The dialogues has got Sreenivasan's touch, the comic ones are not impressive all the time, but the serious punches in the combination between the hero and his opponent can caught attention. T.K.Rajeev Kumar is lucky enough to get a 'come back' movie, as he got the most experienced artists in the lead roles.

As viewers like us doesn't want anything new, the creators are also not ready for an experiment...let us hope, it will change, oru naal varum...

'Oru Naal Varum' cannot be rated as top class from Mohanlal-Sreenivasan combination. It targets family audiences and also good to see Mohanlal in the role of an 'ordinary' man, without much heroism incorporated in it. Watch this without much expectations, then you won't be disappointed...

Rating : 7 / 10


..:: അച്ചായന്‍ ::.. said...

Great review chetta :)

praveen m.kumar said...

കോപ്പി അടിച്ച സ്റ്റോറി ആണെന്ന് തോന്നുമോ ... പ്രശാന്ത് ഭായ് ....!!!!