Critic's Rating: 17/5
Monday 14 October 2013
Dulquer Salmaan, Malavika Mohanan
Are you the kind who watches mushy, old school romantic tales with a bag of napkins to wipe off your tears? For all those who vouch by stereotyped rom-coms, Pattam Pole is cinematographer turned director Azhagappan's version of old Malayalam hits like Aniyathipravu or Niram.
Karthik (Dulquer Salmaan), a Tamil Brahmin boy and Riya (Malavika Mohanan), a Christian girl, are neighbours in love, living in Alappuzha. They flee from home and go to Ootty one fine morning but comeback separately a couple of days later, after a minor tiff.
As in the Rajshri movies in Hindi where everyone on screen have a heart of gold, the love birds haven't even kissed after staying in some trendy hotel rooms for a couple of days. But they hate each other and are ready to forget their love, soon after they are back.
Even when the parents are ready to forget the religious issues, the two are adamant in their decision to go separate ways. But as fate would have it, they start working in the same event management company, owned by Rosario (Anoop Menon).
If you can't guess what would happen next, just imagine that your sense of cinema is zilch! Well, no offence meant, but if this lousy love story is surprising by any means, it is due to its inanity. In all fairness, there may be moments here and there that are cute, but that is due to the energy of the film's lead pair.
Azhagappan has managed to put together a rather meek misadventure at best that is devoid of any fizz whatsoever. Are the youth of today talking and behaving like what is shown in this film? Certainly not. K Gireesh Kumar's screenplay and dialogues are old fashioned and never syncs with the times. M Jayachandran's music is fine in parts.
Both Dulquer Salmaan and Malavika Mohanan share a good chemistry. They have performed their characters in a dedicated manner. But there is nothing challenging for Dulquer and no wonder, it is debutante Malavika, who steals the show most of the times. Anoop Menon repeats his signature style as if it is a routine for him, in an inconsequential role where he has nothing much to do. The rest of the cast has done their parts as per the script demands.
Pattam Pole is too simple and could have been fine, if it had come at least a decade back. It may be fine for those who love the remakes of some of those unintentionally hilarious romantic flicks from Telugu. The rest of you may watch this one at your own risk please.
Verdict: Below Average