Critic's Rating: 17/5
Thursday 20 December 2001
There is a saying; every man has seven look-alikes somewhere in the world. So Director Dhanwanthari has assembled the look-alikes of superstar Mammootty, Mohanlal, Late Jayan, Dileep, Biju Menon, Cochin Haneefa, Lal and others and made a film Jagapoga. Nothing illegal about it except the real superstars is angry about it. Who cares as the film turns out to be a comedy caper.
The story is borrowed bits and shards from half a dozen super hits like Nadodi Kattu, CBI Dairy Kurupu, Pattana Pravesam, Dada Saheb etc etc. The audience who have seen the original, find great fun when they see the duplicates imitating their heroes. An idol is stolen from the local temple, and the Priest commits suicide. Two local policemen Ajayan and Vijayan are asked to investigate the case. They arrest the Priest?s son and interrogate him but he dies in Police custody. This puts the CID?s in a piquant situation and they run away and hide in a godown. By chance they meet a ?Kuttichatthan? (genie) called ?Kuttappi? who changes their lives and the investigation. The local village Chief Dada Saheb is said to be behind all the crimes. How Ajayan and Vijayan solve the crime is told in a slapstick comedy manner.
The film is based on a popular TV serial by the same name on Kairali TV. On the whole couple of look-alikes of popular stars do take-offs of the original creating a good laugh.
Verdict: Slapstick Comedy