Before actually going into the review of the last movie that I watched in 2013, I would like to wish all my friends & well wishers, a happy & prosperous New Year. The Malayalam film industry churned out a whopping 157 films in 2013 & "Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal" turned out to be one among the last few to grace the screens. With Lal Jose & James Albert, collaborating after 7 years since "Classmates", the expectations were going through the roof. However, I didnt find the promos or the songs catchy & the subsequent paragraphs tells you what I thought about the movie.
Aby (Dileep) is a much sought out ad-maker who has finally decided to tie the knot with Ann (Parvathy Nambiar) much to the relief of his parents. Actually, the reason for his extended bachelorhood was coz he was still brooding over the fact that his lover, Cini (Rima Kallingal) had dumped him just days before their wedding many years ago. Now that he has found his match, he arranges a bachelor party for his buddies 7 days prior to the big day. In a bid to chide Cini, Aby lands at her doorstep in an inebriated state to invite her to his wedding. But the scenario turned out to be much more worser than both of them expected with each passing day bringing in new problems.
Lal Jose has been on a roll for quite some time with his last debacle being "Spanish Masala" which incidentally had Dileep in the lead role. The reunion with James Albert naturally raised hopes of a encore of "Classmates", but all such hopes were dispelled off within the first 15 minutes. Actually the screenplay could have been more engaging as I kinda felt Lal Jose didnt know when to make it serious or humorous. Dileep does provide the laughs but I felt a younger & uber individual would have been a better choice. All the technical aspects required a certain degree of tweaking be it Ranjan's editing or Prashant Pillai's music.
As I mentioned earlier, though Dileep has done a decent job with his comic timing; I felt the character would have suited someone who is kinda hip. Even his make up man could have done a better job as Dileep's wig looked pathetic (reminded me of his makeover in "Crazy Gopalan"). Rima Kallingal has done a good job as the distressed wife to Murali Gopi, who seemed kinda over the top when he showcased his boxing skills. Parvathy Nambiar barely had anything to do other than smile. The rest of the cast all seemed fine in their respective roles.
Verdict: Well it's almost a fortnight since the film released & as expected, it is the least impressive among the Xmas releases. Except for the humorous moments here & there, the film didnt have much to write home about due to the lack of an engaging screenplay. In short, it will be coming soon on TV!!!