Mera Naam Shaji review:Fails to impress with its weak writing
Mera Naam Shaji fails to impress, but manages to get a few laughs
Critic's Rating: 1.5/5
Monday 8 April 2019
Mera Naam Shaji
Biju Menon, Asif Ali, Byju, Nikhila Vimal
Nadirshah had two hits in a row Amar Akbar Anthony and Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan as a director. The films were known for its excellent writing by Vishnu Unnikrishnan and Bibin George. That is the problem in Mera Naam Shaji, which fails to impress with its weak writing.
Mera Naam Shaji is basically about three Shajis, who doesn’t know each other but there are some events that connect the three.
Shaji Usman (Biju Menon) is a small time gangster hailing from Kozhikode, who has retired from such activities. But he agrees to do a quotation work for Advocate Lawrence (Sreenivasan). He is asked to attack a left party leader and for that he goes to Kochi.
The second Shaji is a youth named Shaji George (Asif Ali), who fools around with his friend, played by Dharmajan Bolghatty.
Then there is the third Shaji (Byju), who is a taxi driver hailing from Thiruvananthapuram. He too comes to Kochi with two couples, who are on a pleasure trip.
With a shaky script, this one is a lazy journey that manages a few comedies here and there.
Biju Menon, who usually shines with his comic timing has a poorly written role with limited screen presence. He does tickle the funny bone at times with his one liners even then. Asif Ali is fine but there is nothing much to challenge his talent in the script. Nikhila Vimal, who plays his pair in the film maintains a single expression all along and the duo shares zero chemistry on screen. It is Byju who is the best among the lot scoring with his likeable mannerisms and dialogue delivery.
Mera Naam Shaji is the kind of film aimed at those who find the TV comedy skits incredibly funny. For the rest of the world, it could be a disappointing experience.
Mera Naam Shaji review: Low brow comedy