Chirakodinja Kinavukal

Chirakodinja Kinavukal



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 04 May 2015

Movie Title

Chirakodinja Kinavukal


Santhosh Viswanath

Star Cast

Kunchacko Boban, Rima Kallingal

In the 1996 film Azhakiya Ravanan, Sreenivasan's character of a tailor cum novelist narrated a silly story, which was titled Chirakodinja Kinavukal. It was the love story between a 19-year-old girl named Sumathi and a tailor, with a Gulf based moneybag as the villain.

Debutant director Santhosh Viswanath has made a spoof out of that sequence. N P Ambujakshan (Sreenivasan) narrates the story now to a director, played by Manoj K Jayan and producer, played by Sunil Sugatha. 

As per Ambujakshan’s story, Sumathi (Rima Kallingal) falls in love with a local tailor (Kunchacko Boban). Her father, a rich woodcutter, is against this relationship and at his behest, the villain (Kunchacko in a double role) makes his entry.

From the initial request to switch the mobile phones off inside the theatre, there is an attempt to evoke laughter in virtually every shot. The dialogues are making fun of the cliches in Malayalam cinema until now and there are some smart ones in between for sure.

But where the film falters is in presenting a credible storyline. The attempt to make laughs at the every possible instance also falls flat. The film has its moments for sure and the attempt by the director Santhosh Viswanath and scenarist Praveen Cheruthara to try out a genre, which is new for Malayalam, needs appreciation. 

Still the question is on how much the makers of the film have succeeded in moulding the narrative into a gripping one. With no real plot, the film meanders along aimlessly and the going gets tedious even in its two-hour length.

The visuals are grand and the frames look colorful. But the music by Deepak Dev fails to make much impression.

Kunchacko Boban does put in efforts but both his characters are half-baked. It is quite not clear why his villain is trying to make things funny, when the character itself is meant as a comic one. Rima looks beautiful but she has nothing much to do other than that. 

Chirakodinja Kinavukal tries hard, but it falls short of becoming a credible comedy in the end. It's an honest experiment for sure and there are some good comic situations. Watch it, as we haven't seen spoofs in Malayalam before!

Verdict: Average

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