Sunday, October 24, 2010


Medium : Malayalam
Starring : Suresh Gopi, Jagathi, Thilakan, P.Sreekumar, Navya Nair, Swetha Menon, Ambika
Director : Harikumar
Music : M.Jayachandran, Issac Kottukappally (bg score)

We have witnessed the controversies and the open fight that happened between directors Harikumar (jury member) and Sivan, after the announcement of national film awards recently. Harikumar, who is still notable as the director of 'Sukritham' (script by M.T.Vasudevan Nair), has come up with his latest movie, 'Sadhgamaya'. Shathrukhnan ('Niram', 'Ee Puzhayum Kadannu' fame) has written the script for the director's story. Sunny Joseph ('Piravi', 'Daya', 'Aanavaal Mothiram', 'Oru Cherupunchiri' fame) has handled the cinematography. Suresh Gopi comes in the lead role here; the previous movie by him for the same director, 'Paranju Theeratha Viseshangal', was not a hit. This is Navya Nair's last movie, before wearing her wedding ring.

The marriage of Yamuna (Navya Nair) is fixed and the arrangements has been started by her parents (P.Sreekumar, Ambika). One day she gets a letter from a known person requesting her to see him. Yamuna thus travels to that place, on the way she has got memories about her past. She was once a patient of Dr.Ravi Varman (Suresh Gopi), who helps her to get out of the mental disorder that happened in her life before. The flash back portions holds the majority of the story part and what happens to Ravi and Yamuna in their second meeting is shown towards the end of 'Sadhgamaya.

The story of the movie is good, but the incidents that covers the mental disorder portions won't be an attractive sight even if it is performed naturally, in any language. Navya Nair did well in such a role. Suresh Gopi's character is little bit eccentric and hence he took the liberty to over act in many portions. The dialogues in the beginning portions, especially the repetition of putting names in the wedding card, is not good. The behavior of the father, when the girl reaches her house with the doctor felt dramatic (it has got the flavor of a similar situation in the movie 'Sukritham'). The voice given to the lecturer at the class is not an apt one; the play portion shown as the continuation of the scene is a lengthy one. The finding of the root cause of the disease and its solution is not presented in a believable way. The romantic song featuring Ravi and his wife (Swetha Menon) must be placed to attract the crowd. The climax of the movie is ok.

As it has to be, no gimmicks has been done on the visual side by the cinematographer Sunny Joseph. Ajith Kumar is the editor. Songs by M.Jayachandran are not the best. Issac Kottukappally has given an excellent bg score in his style, the violin bit adapted from Ilayaraja's old musical album 'How To Name It', has suited the situation well.

The one line story of 'Sadhgamaya', that discusses the mind disorder and its impact, might be good; but the presentation of the movie is not good enough to attract you.

Rating : 3.5 / 10