With the World Cup & the board exams in full flow, the film industry has been going through a lull. However this weekend turned out to be a breather before the World Cup enters into the business part of the tournament with many high voltage matches drawn out. So it seemed to be the most ideal time to release a movie & what better to whet the appetite of the movie-starved audience with the eagerly awaited mega starrer "Christian Brothers". After having being delayed indefinitely owing to several reasons, it released to a lot of hype & fanfare worldwide. So was this hype justified after all its helmed by the maverick director Joshiy..hmm lets see
After having enthralled one & all, with their script in "Twenty-20", Udayakrishna-Siby K Thomas duo along with veteran director Joshiy is back together again with yet another entertainer. The movie begins in Munnar where a suspicious land deal is being carried out by Thampi (Vijayaraghavan) & his sons. However the village officer,Kochuthoma (Jagathy) refuses to play game & hands over the actual documents to his brother,Capt Varghese Mappila (Saikumar) for safe-keeping. As expected, the baddies finish off Kochuthoma & is in hot pursuit for the documents. In the meantime, Mappila's younger son Joji (Dileep) who had gone to attain priesthood in Rome leaves it half way through after falling in love with the Home Minister's daughter Meenakshi (Kavya). Her family doesnt approve of this & tactfully gets her back to Kerala only to have her kidnapped. What then unfolds is a plethora of plots & subplots which will take us through many interesting events & incidents.
Frankly speaking, its been a long time since I have liked Mohanlal in a superhero avatar..but boy!!! he surely rocked in this one as the underworld negotiator,Christy. Suresh Gopi as Joseph Vadakkan IPS meets shoulder to shoulder with Mohanlal in mouthing dialogues & kicking butts. Its been noticed that Suresh Gopi always comes up with an inspired performance whenever he isnt the solo hero & here too, the trend continues. At times, personally speaking I found him to be better than Mohanlal. Sharath Kumar as Andrews has more of a guest appearance but even then he does manage to capture the eye-balls. However, I feel Dileep was given a half-baked role & it could have been etched out better. As for the heroines, except for Kaniha & Kavya to a certain extent; the others were just meant to look good. The remaining crew consisting of Biju Menon, Vijayaraghavan, Saikumar etc have all done justice to their oft played roles which was nothing but a usual run of the mill stuff.
Just as it was in "Twenty-20", the script teems with plots & subplots along with numerous characters. Though running at close to 3 hours, it doesnt make us cringe in our seats owing to this very fact.The second half does surely lag a bit to include some sentimental stuff keeping the family audience in mind,but its acceptable. The music by Deepak Dev wasnt exactly great except for "Mizhikalil Naanam" rendered by Nikhil,Ranjith & Rimi Tomy; however the background score by Rajamani deserves a word of praise. Last but not the least, the veteran director Joshiy seems to have a panache as well as the capability to handle such mega-starrers. Its definitely no mean task to give adequate screen space to such huge stars, but time & again he has proved that he is the best in doing that in Malayalam.
Verdict: From the moment, Mohanlal comes somersaulting with his guns blazing (though that was a bit too much!!!); you are assured of a hard core masala entertainer & it lives up to its billing. After having gone through a mediocre 2010, it was imperative that Mohanlal starts off this year with a bang & he sure does with equal support from Suresh Gopi. Having it released worldwide in 250 odd theatres, its gonna be a run away hit & the producers are likely to go laughing to the bank. In my opinion, do watch it without searching for logic & you wont be disappointed. Its definitely not in the league of "Twenty-20", but sure has its own enthralling moments. So do check it out!!!