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M Padmakumar
Unni Mukundan, Sanika Nambiar
Ratheesh Vegha
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Director M Padmakumar's Orissa, a love story between a Malayali cop and an Oriya girl, is claimed to have been inspired by certain real incidents.

Christudas (Unni Mukundan) and his wife Suneyi (Sanika Nambiar) are on their way back to Orissa. The place brings back memories of their younger days, in the early 1980s, when they fled for their lives after the village chieftain Kamadeva Pradhan was relentlessly forcing her to become a devadasi, after killing her mother.

In all fairness, there is a real scope for a pretty nice movie here. It could have been made into an interesting script, if the scenarist G S Anil had taken some pains. Instead, he has narrated the film like some of those old masala entertainers, especially the kind that used to be an accepted recipe in most Telugu entertainers until some time back.

So, as it is mandatory, the loving hero meets the innocent heroine after some dramatic happenings. They have some misunderstandings in the beginning, which turns into romance after a rainy day. That is the time when they sing n dance.

The baddie, who had made his grand presence felt in the initial scenes and vanished into oblivion thereafter, resurfaces from nowhere. He is a wealthy joker by all means with colourful garments, jewelry, baritone voice, ready-to-kill and ready-to-die cronies and not to forget, with unbelievable stupidity.

Now, it is a sheer waste of time analyzing this film, which is badly written and badly executed. M Padmakumar, who has made some nice films years back, is a shadow of his original self these days. The visuals are pretty fine and the music is nothing to rave about.

Now, it is a tough task for Unni Mukundan to perform as an old man and as expected, he does all emotions with a stoic look. Sanika Nambiar has nothing much to do other than to look baffled and she does that in the whole film.

The rest of the cast repeats the branded styles of their characters, as done by their predecessors in films of this mold. Curiously enough, the only comic relief perhaps is the film's villain, who tries a bit too hard to look tough, but falls flat in his attempt.

What if you had to watch a bad Oriya movie with no subtitles and without any clues about the language? That is perhaps the feeling that you will have while watching this one. Even with subtitles and a documentary style narration, the viewers will have no clues as to what is happening in M Padmakumar's Orissa. But that is if you care to analyze all that. By all means, it is tough to feel interested in this nauseating saga for more than ten minutes. Orissa turns out to be a complete disappointment, no less.

Verdict: Avoidable


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