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Jawan of Vellimala

Movie:
Jawan of Vellimala
Director:
Anoop Kannan
Cast:
Mammootty, Asif Ali, Sreenivasan, Mamta Mohandas
Cinematographer:
Satheesh Kurup
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Mammootty, who is known for some of the most riveting performances in Malayalam film history, has been continuing with a rather dismal show doing forgettable films one after the other for quite some time now. And the latest addition to that list of insipid misadventures is debutant director Anoop Kannan’s Jawan of Vellimala.

In the film, Mammootty plays Gopikrishnan, a former jawan of the Indian Army who is now working as a pump operator at the Vellimala dam. He is friendly with the natives but is scared during the night, as he is actually able to see some ghosts!

Varghese (Sreenivasan) is the executive engineer, who takes charge soon after the story begins and Anitha (Mamta Mohandas) is the camp officer there. A young lad named Koshy Oommen (Asif Ali) has come there to settle long pending bills. Chacko (Baburaj) is the chief engineer, who uses his loaded gun like a toy.

With puerile humour, tasteless sequences and even a ‘ghost dance’, the film eventually turns out to be an eminently boring affair. James Albert’s script is thoroughly unconvincing and it lacks a definite focus. Anoop Kannan hasn’t succeeded in packaging the movie in an attractive way either. Satheesh Kurup’s visuals are really good and Bijibal’s music is fine.

It is indeed surprising on what attracted a hugely talented actor like Mammootty to play the lead and produce this film, which lacks any real merit. Even his character has been lazily written and the initial ‘ghost angle’ is forgotten soon after. The rest of the cast has limited roles to play.

Jawan of Vellimala is a messy tale that can surprise you with its hollowness. An amateurish effort at best, this film is unintentionally funny at times and lacks much fizz. Go for this one only if you are a hardcore fan of Mammootty!

Verdict: Below average

 

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