|Mammootty, Lal, Padmapriya, Kaniha|
If your idea of comedy goes on these lines, Cobra can work for you in parts. In their efforts to make the viewers laugh veteran actors Mammootty and Lal (known as the ‘Cobras’ in this film) does virtually everything that they can from yelling out lines after lines of buffoonery, dancing, drinking, romancing and even, boxing. Joining them in this endeavor are their security men, played by Salim Kumar and Maniyanpillai Raju.
A little later the ‘Cobras’ start wooing Sherly (Padmapriya) and Annie (Kaniha), the daughters of a businessman named John Samuel (Lalu Alex). The villains make their appearance soon after and there are some surprises in store as well, but how effective is it will perhaps decide your level of intelligence.
With a wafer thin storyline and shaky script, Lal manages to stitch together a rather meek entertainer that lacks much fizz. The story is a rehash of some of the earlier hits like Thenkasippattanam, Thommanum Makkalum and so on. Venu’s visuals are good and Alex Paul’s music perhaps suits the mood.
Mammootty tries hard to look funny but isn’t it pretty odd to imagine him playing a chronic bachelor in search of a bride? Lal repeats his trademark antics. The rest of the cast, including the heroines, too does their parts in a predictable manner.
‘Cobra’ is evidently a botched up version of the conventional recipes, which have long been regarded as the necessary ingredients for a hit. But the problem is that this one comes at least a decade after such patterns have gone out of the viewer’s interests.
This one is perhaps tailor made for hardcore Mammootty fans only!