Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 24 October 2015

Movie Title



M Padmakumar

Star Cast

Mohanlal, Anoop Menon, Honey Rose

It’s more of anger and pity that you feel while watching director M Padmakumar’s Kanal. How can you come up with an absurd movie like this, which has none other than the legendary Mohanlal playing the lead?

The story begins in the Gulf, where two rich businessmen, Kuruvilla Mathew (Atul Kulkarni) and Raghuchandran (Pratap Pothen) lose everything during recession. It happens a couple of years back, you are told.

Cut to a train sequence that goes on and on for a considerable time during the film’s first half. John David (Mohanlal) is a smart passenger in that train, who becomes friends with everyone around. After several sequences that are mainly aimed at eulogizing the hero’s wit and wisdom, he becomes friends with a troubled man named Ananda Raman (Anoop Menon).

In between, we learn that Ananda Raman had started a TV channel named ‘Pravasi Vision’ in the Gulf but had to close down his business after a while. He is in dire straits now. But the hero has solutions for every problem!

The train halts somewhere following some issue and the two goes to Karwar by road. 

From now on the story takes some dramatic twists that are absolutely ridiculous to say the least. Some murders and strange justifications for those happenings ensue. 

Without taking away the “excitement” from those brave ones among you who want to watch this silly film, here is an advice. Try calculating the years when the stories are happening and you will realize the casual way of approach adopted by its makers!

With a script that is not worth a penny and amateurish direction, this one is nothing less than a shame for everyone involved. The irritating music by Ouseppachan adds to your woes.

Mohanlal, who seems to be taking the affection that his millions of fans give him, disappoints big time. You are once again surprised by the weird choice of films picked by the superstar during recent times, like Peruchazhi, Laila O Laila, Rasam, Koothara and Loham. He sleepwalks through the film without any honesty or conviction, without caring much about those who buys a ticket to see him. 

Anoop Menon repeats his branded style. Among the heroines, Honey Rose is far from impressive, Nikita Thukral is there for the oomph factor and Sheelu Abraham painstakingly maintain a single expression throughout.

No two ways about it, Kanal is plain rubbish. Watch any of Mohanlal’s old gems instead wasting time on this one. If you still want to have a try, well, carry some medicine for migraine for sure.

Verdict: Avoidable

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