Director Priyadarsan, who has always been known for shamelessly copying films from other languages, has made Arabiyum Ottakavum P Madhavan Nairum in Oru Marubhoomikkatha as a mishmash of sequences from a number of other films, which includes quite a number of his own past hits as well! But for the most part, it's a silly comedy that goes for slapstick gags and juvenile jokes that are hard to appreciate.
Madhavan Nair (Mohanlal) is an accountant in a Gulf based firm run by a Sheikh (Shakti Kapoor).One fine day. he meets Meenakshi (Lakshmi Rai) and after some strange happenings which are straight out of films like Serendipity or its Hindi version, Milenge Milenge, the two decides to get married.
Meanwhile an old friend named Abdu Kupleri (Mukesh) comes to Madhavan’s office for some help. The story soon takes some dramatic turns and there is this kidnap drama involving a girl named Ileana (Bhavana), who is found inside a car parked near a desert. As we watch this senseless drama unfold with sheer disbelief, scenes from Priyadarsan’s earlier films like Kilukkam, Chandralekha, Kakkakuyil and Vettom are rehashed in silly ways.
If the copying done by director Priyadarsan and scenarist Abhilash Nair are not enough, composer M G Sreekumar too proves his talents in the art, lifting the tune of Egyptian singer Amr Diab’s hit number Rohy Mertahlak… for the song Madhavettanennum…
It has been a while since Priyadarsan made a film in Malayalam and it is obvious that he underestimates the viewers here. This film has been made without any sincerity and everyone involved in its making, which includes Mohanlal, owes an explanation to the viewers for this haphazardly made misadventure.
The buffoonery done to evoke laughter falls flat and this film insults the fans of a legend like Mohanlal and a talented filmmaker like Priyadarsan.
If you are the kind who can laugh watching virtually any absurd comedy, Arabiyum could turn out to be enjoyable in parts.