Lal Bahadur Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 24 November 2014

Movie Title

Lal Bahadur Shastri


Rejish Midhila

Star Cast

Jayasurya, Nedumudi Venu, Aju Varghese

Debutant director Rejish Midhila?s ?Lal Bahadur Shasthri? is about some coincidences that take place one after the other on a fateful day and on how certain lives get intertwined in the process.

It?s a simple tale for sure and it would have been fine if this one were made into a short film. The problem is when the director tries to make it into a two hour plus feature film.

Obviously the director has added confusions, twists, labored comedy and melodrama in plenty but what one gets in the bargain is a boring film that lacks much fizz.

Lal (Jayasurya) is a nice young man who is going to Kochi from his native village in Alappuzha in order to get a government job. He meets an old man Bahadur (Nedumudi Venu) during the bus trip and a youth named Shasthri (Aju Varghese) sometime later. Then there is a link that connects the three, a young boy and also, a girl named Thara (Sandra Simon).

The director has tried to make things convincing but he is struggling in that attempt, due to the lack of a credible storyline. The scenes are painfully long and mostly pointless.

When he has to play a villager, Jayasurya has always been using a trademark accent and in this film too, he repeats it religiously. Nedumudi Venu is good and Aju Varghese has nothing much to do. The heroine?s presence is limited to a few scenes.

?Lal Bahadur Shasthri? has its moments but it is barely gripping. Some films are made to take the viewers on a fantastic trip but this one has perhaps been made solely for the excitement of its makers. Let?s hope that at least they are happy!

Verdict: Average

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