Kammara Sambhavam review: A compelling watch
The film belongs to Dileep whose delicious performance is its biggest strength
Saturday 14 April 2018
Dileep, Siddharth, Murali Gopi,Namita Pramod
Debutant director Rathish Ambat’s Kammara Sambhavam is about how history is recreated by a few, to suit their convenience.
It all begins when a group of liquor barons team up to discuss on a possible way to lift the ban on liquor in Kerala. One of them has a rather curious idea of reviving a now obsolete political party named Indian Liberation Party. For that they need a leader with a strong historical background.
They choose Kammaran Nambiar (Dileep), a ruthless, shrewd, wily old man who narrates his story to a successful Tamil film director Pulikesi (Bobby Simha). His story happens during the 1940's when India was under the British rule and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was plotting ways to attain freedom joining hands with the Japanese, while Congress under Mahatma Gandhi was taking a peaceful stance. Kammaran is a traitor, a scheming guy who has a hidden agenda in life.
Kammaran’s story is a mix of heroism, feudalistic lifestyle, war, betrayal, bloodshed and so on. At the end of it Pulikesi says: " This man is no MGR , he is MN Nambiar!" And the movie on Kammaran's life releases which is a shock to the old man who watches it on big screen. Facts and incidents are twisted to make Kammaran a true hero and the film becomes a hit.
The film makes you think about the hypocritical manner in which biopics are made in cinema to eulogize the heroes.
It’s an interesting concept that is being used here and the story takes a satirical tone after a while. With a brilliant script by Murali Gopy, director Rathish Ambat packages an engaging movie. It is a period drama and cinematographer Sunil K S’ visuals are top notch. The music by Gopi Sundar blends perfectly.
The film is totally focused on Dileep and he breathes life into the character of the slimy Kammaran. His body language and dialogue delivery is brilliant in three different get ups, one of them as a 95 year old veteran. The character has varying shades of white, grey and dark and it is a delight to watch him with his comic timing intact.
Tamil actor Siddharth has to perform his character, Othenan Nambiar, in contrasting dimensions and he does that in a superb way. Namita Pramod looks pretty and is quite impressive. The rest of the cast too, which includes Bobby Simha, Murali Gopy, Sidhique, Swetha Menon and Indrans, have done their parts very well.
Kammara Sambhavam has been lavishly shot and presented in a large canvas with quite a few foreign locations as well. It has some hard hitting dialogues about the political outfits and their ways. But the film belongs to Dileep whose delicious performance is its biggest strength. The actor keeps you invested in the film even when it plods on for over three hours. Get a cup of popcorn and enjoy this film, which has been presented in a style that has never been used before in Malayalam cinema.
Kammara Sambhavam review: Verdict- A compelling watch
Reactions from Social Media:
resul pookutty @resulp
Somebody was very stressed out about few houres to passby but I can assure him @Dileep_Online that once the first show hit the theatres #KammaraSambhavam going to explode!
Forum Keralam (FK) @Forumkeralam1
#Kammarasambhavam Refreshingly Good and Interesting Cinematic Experience A realistic feel first half followed by a mass commercial second half with subtle humour background
Review Ram @MovieReviewRam
#KammaraSambhavam (Malayalam) - A serious drama which turns into a big sick joke post midway. Innovative paper work gone wrong while execution. @Actor_Siddharth #Dileep #BobbySimha
Terrific reports for #Mohanlal movie whereas #KammaraSambhavam getting negative to mixed reviews. Was expecting the other way around. #Panchavarnatatta average.
In for #kammarasambhavam Shows started ! So far good one Electric Atmosphere. Meanwhile #Mohanlal getting good reports from fan shows!
Forum Reelz @Forumreelz
After An Above Average First Half Story Takes A Twist And Ends Up With An Average Second Half With A Good Climax
Superb Casting Supported By DOP,BGM& Direction
Could Have Made Crispy With Some Cuts
Overall Watchable For It’s Grandeur