Just weeks after Blessy disappointed almost everyone with his Kalimannu that showed a pregnancy related story, director Aneesh Anwar comes up Zachariyayude Garbhinikal that narrates the story of four pregnant women, a gynaecologist and his wife.
The story has been packaged in the multi linear format, which is being used repeatedly after Traffic made the style popular in Malayalam.
Dr. Zachariah (Lal) is a successful gynaecologist and four different cases connected to him are being narrated in the film. He is having a happy married life with wife Susan (Asha Sharreth), but the couple has no children.
It is not clear why only a few cases have been handpicked for the story, but what is common to all the stories is the grey shade associated with it.
Anuradha (Sandra Thomas) is going through an unhappy married life after tying the knot with a rich, much older man and is pregnant from his friend. Sr. Jasmine Jennifer (Geetha) has become pregnant at 52 through artificial insemination, surviving strong protests from every quarter. Saira (Sanusha) is in her late teens, but is pregnant from someone, whom she doesn't want to name. Then there is Fathima (Rima Kallingal), a nurse at the hospital, who lies that she is pregnant to evade night shifts.
Now, here the problem with the film is that the whole focus is on just two things, how the women got pregnant and the second is on what happens to them following the delivery. The stage is set, with the answers to the first question, which is over by the first quarter of the film. Then the viewers are made to wait until the climax, where the second question gets the answer.
In all fairness, the climax portions are perhaps the strength of the film as well. Rima's humorous track was perhaps reserved to serve as a link, but it turns out to be uninteresting and at times, irritating as well. In fact, it is a pity as this portion alone could have been enough for a full-length comedy. Rima desperately tries to mimic the Kasaragode accent but the scenes fail to make you laugh.
Of course the film has some fine moments here and there. The writer-director, Aneesh Anwar, should be appreciated for the delicious presentation of the film. But some of those overtly melodramatic scenes and the generally tasteless dialogues, take away most of the appeal. The highlight of the film is the superb camera by Vishnu Narayan.
Though it is not a role that is amazingly challenging, Lal gives the story the much-needed authenticity. Asha Sharreth is good as his wife, while Geetha makes a definite impression even during her brief screen time. Sanusha and Sandra Thomas are okay, while the rest of the cast has limited roles to play.
Zachariyayude Garbhinikal is an okay film by all means, which could have been much better. Though moves along predictable lines, this has been slickly packaged and if you have patience, is a fine one-time watch.