Critic's Rating: 3/5
Monday 03 August 2015
Fahadh Faasil, Mridula Murali
Actor turned director Vineeth Kumar’s Ayaal Njanalla is based on a simple storyline.
Prakashan (Fahadh Faasil) originally hails from a village in north Kerala but has been living in the Kutch region in Gujarat, with his uncle played by T G Ravi, who runs a modest tyre repairing shop. Prakashan has no other relatives in the world and he lives with limited dreams, hoping to marry a Malayali girl Esha (Mridula Murali) some day.
However, things take an unprecedented turn when his uncle dies in an accident. To retain the shop from a wily moneylender, he decides to go back home and sell off his ancestral property back home.
He goes to Bengaluru where an old classmate promises to help him in that deal. But things take a dramatic turn with many mistaking Prakashan for ‘superstar Fahadh Faasil’!
Of course the plot has been seen before in various forms, even in Vinayan’s Superstar. Sadly, it has been made into a messy misadventure by the director. The initial sequences that are meant to introduce the hero to the viewers seem unending and after a while, you give up on what is happening.
On second thoughts, you start wondering why the director tried to present this rather humorous tale with unnecessary seriousness. Imagine the way Bollywood films with similar stories like Tere Bin Laden were presented by it makers.
Vineeth Kumar resorts to great detailing, which often takes the fun away from most situations. Shamdat’s camera comes up with delicious visuals and Manu Ramesan’s music is good in parts.
The usually terrific Fahadh Faasil looks lost mostly and he tries a bit too hard with his mannerisms, accent and an ill fitting wig. Mridula Murali has nothing much to do. Among the rest of the cast, Noby is funny and Renji Panicker is good.
Ayaal Njanalla has its moments for sure but barely succeeds in making the viewer engaged. Now decide on your own.
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
Soubin Shahir and Mamta Mohandas shine in this conventional film