Mohanlal review: Strictly for hardcore Manju Warrier fans
This movie tests the patience of the viewer mostly, though there are some fine moments here and there
Monday 16 April 2018
Manju Warrier, Indrajith
In director Sajid Yahiya’s Mohanlal, Manju Warrier’s character Meenakshi is an ardent fan of actor Mohanlal.
It all begins when Sethu (Indrajith) goes to a railway station to jump in front of a train and commit suicide. There he meets a colorfully dressed man with a long beard to whom he narrates the reason for his woes.
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He is married to Meenakshi, who was born on the same day when Mohanlal made his appearance on the big screen, as the baddie in Manjil Virinja Pookkal. After watching Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare, she became addicted to “Lalettan” and that continued even after she fell in love with Sethu.
After their marriage, Sethu was fine with his wife’s undying loyalty to ‘Lalettan’. In between, she becomes friends with a group of fans of the superstar. Things get out of hand after a while, following some dramatic incidents.
It is pretty obvious that ‘Mohanlal’ is banking totally on the brand name of Malayalam’s genius actor. With a story like this, the constant references could be justified but there are some scenes where the real life Mohanlal is shown, in which “adjustments” have been made by using blurred visuals or shots from behind, using “dupes”
At 165 minutes, this one tests the patience of the viewer mostly, though there are some fine moments here and there.
In one of her worst performances ever, Manju Warrier is too loud and tries hard to be comical, copying her own popular expressions from those films which came more than a decade back. In fact, the child artistes who have done the character’s schooldays have performed quite impressively. Indrajith is good and performs in a dedicated manner.
If Mohanlal was meant as a tribute to the real hero, this one fails in that attempt quite miserably. In a way, it could qualify as an effort to bring back that cute Manju Warrier, in some of her films before she decided to take a 14 year break from acting.
Mohanlal review- Verdict: Strictly for hardcore Manju Warrier fans