In director Arunkumar Aravind?s Ee Adutha Kaalathu, a few prototypes have been created to fit in to this particular pattern and the storyline moves ahead linking these characters with some surprising coincidences.
Vishnu (Indrajith) is a rag picker living in real dire straits, finding it tough to take care of his wife Remani (Mythili) and two daughters. Then there is the city police commissioner Tom Cherian (Anoop Menon), having a soft corner for journo Roopa (Lena), who hates men.
The next in the list is a rich couple in a loveless marriage, Ajay Kurian (Murali Gopi) and his wife, an ex-model named Madhuri (Tanushree Ghosh). There are more characters like a conman Rustam (Nishaan), a ?yellow journalist? Ramachandran (Jagathy Sreekumar) and a goonda Watson (Baiju).
The main link that binds the story is a serial killer on the prowl and the above characters get entangled as if in a chain. Though at times the incidents look unconvincing and the characters half-baked, the film has its moments for sure.
In fact, the best shots in the film are seen towards the end and one gets a feeling that the scenarist should have painstakingly created a storyline based on those incidents, in the reverse order. It is perhaps not possible to explain the flaws of the script without giving away a major chunk of the storyline and we are not playing spoilsports.
Arunkumar Aravind, who directed Cocktail earlier, could have made things even more interesting if it was at least 20 minutes shorter. Murali Gopi?s script moves ahead without a definite direction especially in the first half but things get more interesting in the second half. Shehnad Jalal?s visuals and Gopi Sundar?s music are okay.
Indrajith, who was seen in an almost similar role in City of God last year, is convincing. Anoop Menon continues with ?a bit too casual style?, Murali Gopi is mostly fine and Nishaan is good as a baddie. Tanushree Ghosh makes a definite impression, Lena is good and Maithily has a limited role to play.
The multi linear structure, made to great use by filmmakers from Robert Altman to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, would be quite familiar to the avid movie buffs. Those discerning viewers may easily find problems with the film?s script and the lack of discipline for sure. But for those viewers who don?t care about such trivia and are there only for plain entertainment, this one could be something of an exciting journey.
Though it looks contrived at times, Ee Adutha Kaalathu is certainly more enjoyable, especially when compared to most other films in Malayalam during recent times. In short, a fairly nice option, if you don?t think too much!