Sunday Holiday review: A decent entertainer
Asif Ali is in good form and his performance is quite effective
Monday 17 July 2017
Asif Ali, Aparna Balamurali
Director Jis Joy, who has earlier made the decent thriller Bicycle Thieves, goes for a pattern popularly known as the ‘cinema within cinema’ format this time with Sunday Holiday.
A film director named David Paul (Lal Jose) has been admitted to a hospital and he has been advised rest by the doctor (Asha Sarath). It is then that a College professor named Unni Mukundan (Sreenivasan) approaches him to narrate his script. The director is not willing to listen to the script initially, but he agrees to, after some dramatic moments.
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Amal (Asif Ali) is the hero in Unni Mukundan’s story. His girlfriend has just ditched him and has moved on to a more successful youth. So Amal leaves home just before her wedding and takes up a job as a salesman in another town.
The interactions with his fellow roommates in his new place and the incidents involving some of his neighbours takes the story ahead. Siddique, who writes lyrics and dialogues for dubbed Telugu films and Dharmajan, who is part of a TV teleshopping ad provides some funny moments in between. But their antics are there only for a limited period in the journey.
Somewhere along, Amal meets Anu (Aparna Balamurali), a saleswoman selling chappals. Obviously, his life takes a different turn from then on.
With a script that gives us not many surprises and startling twists or turns, this one ends up as an okay ride at best.
Asif Ali is in good form and his performance is quite effective. Aparna Balamurali, who was terrific in Maheshinte Prathikaram, comes with loads of make-up and hams it up mostly. Siddique, Dharmajan, Alancier, Asha Sarath and Sudheer Karamana are good.
Sunday Holiday is the kind of movie that may not excite you much but keeps you engaged for sure.
Sunday Holiday review- Verdict: Watchable