|Mannar Mathai Speaking 2|
|Innocent, Mukesh, Sai Kumar|
You can only watch director Mamas’ Mannar Mathai Speaking 2 with tremendous anger and disbelief, as he makes a mockery of two much loved films with this one!
The trio of Mannar Mathai, Balakrishnan and Gopalakrishnan will be among the most popular characters in the history of Malayalam films. They have made several generations laugh after their maiden venture, Ramji Rao Speaking (1989) and the sequel, Mannar Mathai Speaking (1995).
But what has been done here is to pick some characters and lines from those two films into a tasteless parody. With a script that is not worth a penny, Mamas just tries to bring the memories of the old episodes but it all ends up as pathetic mimicry.
Mannar Mathai (Innocent), Balakrishnan (Sai Kumar) and Gopalakrishnan (Mukesh) have started Urvashi Tours & Travels. Though Mathai still hopes to revive the erstwhile drama troupe, his younger friends are against it.
Now some twists are added to the story at regular intervals, some of which can make you puke. Ramji Rao (Vijayaraghavan), Mahendra Varma (Biju Menon), Garvasees Asan (Janardhanan), Ponnappan (Indrans) and Sakunthala (Priyanka) include those characters from the earlier versions. A few more characters played by Aparna Gopinath, Basil and Shammi Thilakan also tries to tickle the funny bone.
No two ways about it, this film is nothing but a ridicule of the splendid efforts by Siddique – Lal, who were behind the making of the first two movies. Most Malayalis often repeat those golden dialogues even now, but what is tragic here is that there is not even a single scene in this whole film that is remotely enjoyable. Though the titles announce that it is a ‘Rahul Raj musical’ as well, the music is too loud and unpleasant.
After an eminently forgettable Cinema Company, it is perhaps foolish to expect anything worthy from Mamas, but how can veteran actors like Innocent, Mukesh and Sai Kumar agree to do a film based on this hollow script? The trio has taken the affection that the viewers have bestowed on their characters, for a ride. They look tired, not even remotely interested in what they are doing and are definitely not funny. The less said about the rest of the actors, the better.
It is indeed surprising that there is no effort to make Mannar Mathai Speaking 2 into a credible film. By the time the end titles of this absurd saga starts rolling, there are chances that you start hating those characters for providing the worst moments at the cinemas during recent times.
Please don’t speak again, Mr. Mannar Mathai!
Verdict: Damp Squib