Source: General

By: By Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 19 March 2012

Movie Title



V K Prakash

Star Cast

Indrajith, Nithya Menen, Padmini Kolhapure, Thalaivasal Vijay

Director V K Prakash`s Karmayogi is an adaptation of William Shakespeare`s classic play, Hamlet.

The director and the scenarist Balram Mattannoor have mainly replanted the tragedy from Denmark, where it originally happened to a small area in northern Kerala, keeping the basic premise intact.

Well, the question is, shouldn`t the filmmakers need to have something to say of their own when they go for adaptations?

Rudran Gurukkal (Indrajith) is living in agony after the death of his father and the subsequent marriage of his mother Mankamma (Padmini Kolhapure) to her husband`s younger brother Bhairavan (Thalaivasal Vijay).

The main characters belong to a clan called Yogis, who are believed to be the descendants of Lord Shiva. The rituals of the group and the art form called `Kelipathram` have been used in the film quite well.

If Rudran Gurukkal is `Hamlet`, Bhairavan is `Claudius`, Mankamma is `Gertrude`, Moonnumani (Nithya Menen) is `Ophelia`, Kidathan (M R Gopakumar) is `Polonius` and so on.

Balram Mattannoor had earlier scripted Jayaraj`s Kaliyattam, which was quite an interesting version of Shakespeare`s Othello. Of course, there is an inherent honesty about this film that makes it entertaining. R D Rajasekhar`s camera and Ouseppachan`s music are good.

Though he looks convincing, Indrajith maintains almost a single mood for almost the entire length of the film. Padmini Kolhapure has a rather brief role and Thalaivasal Vijay is good. The rest of the cast has come up with decent performances.

Karmayogi is a nice effort but why do we need some okay versions, when we have the original, which has been exciting generations one after the other for so long. Let`s say, this film is a delicious idea but ends up as a half-cooked dish!

Verdict: Average

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