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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Sunday 27 November 2011

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Star Cast

?Urvashi? Sharada, Jayaram, Mamta Mohandas, Padmapriya

Director Jayaraj?s Naayika zooms in on the life of a yesteryear heroine, who disappeared from showbiz some three decades or more ago, but still imagines that she is a star! With a script which is quite a mess, tacky production values and disappointing performances, this film is a total let down.

Aleena (Mamta Mohandas) is all set to make a documentary on a former heartthrob of Malayalam cinema named Gracy (Sharada), who is living in a bungalow, away from the arc lights and fame. During her heydays, Gracy was having an affair with the then superstar, Anand (Jayaram) and the couple had plans to adopt a child artiste Vani.

The early death of the two affected Gracy pretty badly and she stopped realizing that those good old days are over. Her aides (played by Jagathy Sreekumar and KPAC Lalitha) behaved as if she was still the star, getting her ready for the shoot and answering calls as if from co-stars and directors every single day, almost as it happens in the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore flick 50 First Dates. Aleena succeeded in prompting Gracy to reveal some parts of her life and that led to the unveiling of certain mysteries as well.

It is not quite clear on what the director and the scenarist was trying to convey, through this film. There are several attempts to remind some of the well known persons, studios and incidents in Malayalam film history. It is not quite clear if the similarities that the Greenland studio, Stephen muthalali and his confidant Chakrapani is having with some of those old names has been done intentionally or if it is a mere coincidence. Are similarities like the ?M C Daniel award? with the original ?J C Daniel award? done with some purpose and more importantly what is the relevance of it all in the story?

Several yesteryear stars like Prem Nazir, Sathyan, Madhu, Vincent and Sheela gets mention quite frequently but even then it is not quite clear why Jayaram is mimicking Prem Nazir?s mannerisms and style throughout the film. Jayaraj had recently made the eminently forgettable film, The Train, by repeatedly showing the same visuals that he had shot with Mammootty and Jayasurya. He does the same trick this time with Jayaram.

?Urvashi? Sharada, whose films are still lingering in the minds of Malayali film buffs, has chosen a rather disappointing role to make her comeback. Jayaram has almost sleepwalked through his brief role, while Mamta and Padmapriya have nothing much to do. Siddique hams it up with his peculiar diction and dressing style. Sinu Murikkumpuzha?s visuals are pretty ordinary. M K Arjunan?s classic song ?Kasthoori manakkunnallo katte?? has been included in the film, with Jayaram imitating Prem Nazir.

Naayika is another example of shoddy filmmaking and it is quite shocking that some celebrated names get away like this, all the time, after virtually mocking the hapless viewers. Still if you want to watch it, go ahead, but purely at your own risk please!

Verdict: Disappointing

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