Critic's Rating: 3/5
Sunday 28 September 2014
Fahadh Faasil, Niveda Thomas
In 2011, ?Traffic? brought the multi linear format to Malayalam, which was by then tried everywhere else. From then on the pattern where the lives of several characters get intertwined at various points in a story was rehashed and used by several filmmakers at regular intervals.
The latest in the list is debutant director Santosh Nair?s ?Money Ratnam?.
Neil John Samuel (Fahadh Faasil) is a sales manager at a plush car showroom. He is waiting at a bus station one night, after a launch party. But by the time the bus arrives, he has landed himself in a soup.
Gangster Makudi Das (Joju George) is following him, after a scuffle that happened in between. Then there is a businessman named Isaac (Ranji Panicker), a shady gang who are trying to sell him a rare piece of diamond and a young couple as well. It?s all about coincidences and surprising connections that link the characters, in some strange ways.
If that is not enough there are the usual clich?s, action sequences for the hero, dreams, melodrama and such masala.
For all those who are fine with this overused pattern, Santosh Nair has packaged it all in a decent way. The visuals are good but the music is nothing to rave about.
It is Fahadh Faasil, who holds the film together. With a dedicated performance, the actor is in top form. But even he has been part of this pattern earlier. Remember ?Friday? and ?God?s Own Country?? Watch out for a good show from Joju George. The rest of the cast has done their parts pretty fine.
?Money Ratnam?, just like its silly title, has nothing new to offer. For all those who are not looking forward to anything new at the cinemas can try this one, at their own risk. The rest of the world can search for some nice titles at your nearest DVD shop.
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
Soubin Shahir and Mamta Mohandas shine in this conventional film