What if Fahadh Faasil, who has carved out a niche for himself with his original style of acting and out of the box characters, decides to do a conventional comedy drama? Well,that is what happens in director Sathyan Anthikkad’s Oru Indian Pranayakatha where he desperately tries to do what “normal heroes” do!
The film begins with politics as a backdrop with Fahadh as Aymanan Sidharthan, a local politician from Kottayam. He is the blueeyed boy of party’s district president UthupVallikkadan (Innocent), who remains in the limelight by regularly finding a place in someof the news channels as part of routine political discussions.
Sidharthan had high hopes that his party will field him as a candidate in a byelection,following the death of a sitting MLA. But to his dismay, the party high command opts for an influential lady and that leaves the young politico in despair.
It’s during this time that a Canadian citizen of Malayali origin named Irene Gardner (Amala Paul) makes her entry and the story takes a different turn. She is making some documentaries and Sidharthan joins her, to earn some fast bucks.
With a rather simple storyline, which is curiously similar to last year’s film Orkut Oru Ormakkoottu and definitely in the ‘haven’t we seen it all before’ category, scenarist Dr.Iqbal Kuttippuram and Sathyan Anthikkad barely manages to make this into an engaging film.
In a role that requires him to do what “all others” (Mohanlal, Jayaram and others) have been doing all along, Fahadh looks totally uneasy. With evidently uncomfortable mannerisms and dialogue delivery where he seems to mimic the peculiar Kottayam accent, that too in a labored manner, this is one role where the actor seems mostly unconvincing or even out of place!
If the first half belongs to Fahadh, Amala Paul steals the thunder in the latter part where she is the pivot around which the film moves. She comes up with a highly impressive performance, as is the biggest ‘saving grace’. She emotes mostly with her eyes and subtle mannerisms, which conveys the grief that her character goes through. Her make-up and costumes is classy.
Oru Indian Pranayakatha is another Sathyan Anthikkad style movie which will appeal to family audiences who seek feel-good comedies that cheers you up with its pure intentions and cute sense of humour.