The past week witnessed Xmas & a host of other personal commitments which explains the reason why I have delayed in uploading my reviews on "Oru Indian Pranayakatha" & "Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal". Among the both of them, I decided to check out the former one first primarily because the promos had caught my fancy with Fahad seeming to be on song yet again. Well did the actual film paint a different picture???
Aymanam Siddharthan (Fahad Fazil) was a law college dropout and the Youth Wing mandalam President of RDF party. He was a popular figure among the public and the sudden demise of the sitting MLA of his party, meant his political career was going to take a top flight or so, he believed. But the high command pulled the rug under his feet by choosing Dr. Vimala (Muthumani) as their preferred candidate. This naturally irks Siddharthan & decides to take time off from the political buzz. At this juncture, his mentor & Party President Uthup Vallikadan (Innocent) entrusts him the job of helping out his relative, Irene Gardner (Amala Paul), a Canadian Malayali with her documentary on orphanages. So how this working relation works out forms the crux of the film.
It wouldnt be prudent to accept the fact that Sathyan Anthikad's magic has been on the wane for quite some time. Things does look much better this time round with an entertaining first half which is in fact a sarcastic take on the political climate in our state. However, from there on Iqbal Kuttipuram's script takes a downward slide with a lack lustered screenplay & poorly etched characters. Even Vidyasagar's music was average at best except for "Nethavu" rendered by Sriram which was an absolute rib tickler. As for other technical aspects, Pradeep Nair has done a commendable job with the visuals.
Fahad Fazil was fantastic and essays the character of a local politician with utmost ease. Amala Paul has done a decent job but she definitely struggles in the emotional scenes & the dubbing could have been way better. Innocent does bring a smile whenever he appears on screen, however the characters of both Lakshmi Gopalaswami & Prakash Bare were poorly etched which shows on screen as well.
Verdict: Though the brand value of Sathyan Anthikad has been on the wane, there is still a certain degree of anticipation whenever his films approaches release which is the case here as well. In addition, the promos were catchy & Fahad is one of the best among the present crop of youngsters. However, the film wont make the box office go bonkers thanks to a disappointing latter half. In short, you can give it a try for Fahad as the first half is really entertaining!!!