Before delving into the review, I would like to first wish all my fellow beings; a Merry X'mas & a blessed holiday season. As many of you would have noticed, I haven't written reviews for Malayalam movies in the recent past primarily due to the non-release of regional languages in the part of the world where I am presently based. So when I came down for my leave, I couldn't suppress the excitement when I set foot into the confines of the theatre to watch Shafi's "Two Countries". The trailer promises it to be a laugh riot after all the cast & crew has a proven track record. But will that be enough to ace the box office collections???
Ullas (Dileep) is a jobless individual individual who was always on the lookout to make some quick bucks by indulging in fraudulent acts.Giving him company in all this was his friend and partner in crime Avinash (Aju Varghese), who invariably faced the after effects. His latest scheme was to marry the affluent Marwadi Patel's (Makarand Deshpande) handicapped sister & inherit the wealth. But at this juncture a seemingly better alliance from Canada (in terms of wealth) floors Ullas & he ties the knot with Laya (Mamta Mohandas) who also happened to be his childhood sweetheart. Everything seemed to work out fine for Ullas or so he believed, until he comes to know that she is an alcoholic addict. This sets off a war of words which poses question marks over the future of their marital relationship.So will the couple be able to find harmony in their life???
It's been quite a while since Shafi's movies had graced the screens with the last one being "101 Weddings" around three years back. However, his last notable hit was "Marykkundoru Kunjadu" which incidentally had Dileep playing the lead. With his brother, Rafi also penning the script; the expectations have been sky high & to be fair to them, they have delivered what they promised. The script doesnt have much depth as expected but the manner in which the screenplay is woven with ample scope for humorous moments & situational comedy make it a joyous ride for the audience. In the technical department, Santana Krishnan has done a fine job in capturing the beauty of Canada while Gopi Sundar's music doesnt linger once the movie gets over.
Dileep was fantastic as the protagonist as it was a role tailor made for him which he has executed with consummate ease. Equally impressive was Mamta & the sizzling chemistry between the lead pairs is undoubtedly the lifeline of the movie. Giving them credible support were the rest be it Aju Varghese & Jagadeesh in the first half or Suraj (who for once didnt stoop to low brow comedy & was genuinely funny) & Mukesh in the latter half. Even the others have also done a decent job as well.
Verdict: The tag of "Janapriya Nayakan" has been accredited to Dileep for the simple reason that he caters to the tastes of the family audience. This fact remains true here as well as it has all the ingredients that his movies are known for. It might be devoid of a meaty script but the humour that has been sprinkled liberally more than makes up for it. In short, an apt example of a holiday season movie!!!