Critic's Rating: 3/5
Saturday 28 March 2015
Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Innocent
Director Sathyan Anthikkad has always preferred to make films, within his comfort zone. There will be a template-A bunch of nice people who can do no wrong, a virtuous lead pair and melodrama in plenty that is made into a feel-good entertainer. And no Sathyan film can leave you feeling unhappy so, in the end, it's all's well that ends well.
But let us warn you- this is meant for those of you who love Sathyan kind of films and not for others. Yes, the filmmaker has given us several gems for so many years but Ennum Eppozhum, with Mohanlal and Manju Warrier in the lead, is a rather disappointing effort.
The protagonist Vineeth N Pillai (Mohanlal) is the reporter of a women's magazine, who is experienced but has lost all the passion about what he is doing. His new boss, a young pretty London educated girl who is disgusted with Vineeth's irresponsibly is waiting for a reason to show him the door.
He is given an assignment, to interview a fiery lawyer Deepa (Manju Warrier). She is in the news for her brave fight against the authorities after she falls in a pothole while travelling in the bike. She refuses to do the interview and Vineeth lands up in troubles one after the other in the process. It's all meant to be funny but it would take real effort to sit through this portion of the story.
The film gets some momentum post interval but with a predictable climax that never seems to end, Sathyan Anthikkad and Ranjan Pramod test the patience of the viewer in a big way. The two have made two spectacular movies in the past Achuvinte Amma and Manassinakkare but this is nowhere in that league.
Mohanlal is made to repeat all those mannerisms and even some of those dialogues from his yesteryear hits. The hero has done his part with all honesty but it doesn't help things much due to bad writing. He in there throughout and is a treat to watch.
Manju Warrier looks pale and her patchy make up makes things worse. The memories of her good old days are to be seen at times but there are not much occasions available for her to display her brilliance. The solid supporting cast of Innocent and Lena are wasted. Jacob Gregory's character of a sidekick to the hero, barely manages to evoke any laughs but the young Minon scores with his witty dialogues in between.
On the whole, here is a film where you know what's going to happen next but end up enjoying, watching it unfold. Proceed at your own risk!
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
Soubin Shahir and Mamta Mohandas shine in this conventional film