Padmashree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar

Padmashree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar


By: By Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Sunday 15 January 2012

Movie Title

Padmashree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar


Sajin Raghavan

Star Cast

Sreenivasan, Mamta Mohandas, Vineeth Sreenivasan

Debutant director Sajin Raghavan and scenarist Sreenivasan had gone on record stating that Padmashree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar is not a sequel to the 2005 hit Udayananu Thaaram. According to them, only a few characters from the earlier film have been taken here and they have been placed in a new scenario.

But in reality, the characters who get an extended life, are mimicking their earlier avatars and to add to the woes, the new characters and situations lack the fizz as well. The film take digs at certain existing stars, the famous starry airs and the frequent bans by the various organizations in the film industry. But the problem is that most of the jokes start jarring after a while when the makers start overdoing it all.

Saroj Kumar (Sreenivasan), who had become a superstar after stealing an assistant director?s script in the earlier version, is still the quirky matinee idol churning out hits one after the other. He is married to Neelima (Mamta Mohandas), who just hates him and feels that he is nothing but a joker. The whole world seems to agree to her so much that after some time it is not surprising if the viewers start feeling a bit sympathetic towards the superstar!

The superstar?s confidant Pachaalam Bhasi (Jagathy Sreekumar), actor Rafeeq (Salim Kumar) and producer Baby Kuttan (Mukesh), who was seen in Udayananu Thaaram are back in the new version. The new additions include Shyam (Vineeth Sreenivasan), a film institute gold medalist who works as a junior artiste and a director, Alex Samuel (Fahadh Fasil).

Besides Saroj?s silly theories about his stardom and his ridiculous concept on how films should be, the main focus is on some current issues hogging the headlines. So the remaking of ?Rathinirvedam? is mentioned as aimed at mere titillation, the controversial statement by an actor?s wife on her husband?s ability to speak good English is laughed at, the IT raids at some superstar homes are shown in a comic way and the need for all the film organizations are being questioned here. Also, a superstar?s appointment as a Colonel in the Army, his liking for antique articles, some of his ad campaigns and his paunch are being targeted in an extensive way.

This could have been fun if it was mimicked in a decent way but here, it is being shown often in great detail as part of some ?hidden agenda?! The situations are mostly unconvincing, pretentious and at times, in a bad taste. This could easily be one of the worst scripts from a genius like Sreenivasan and the director fails to make any impression either. The best thing about the film could be S Kumar?s superb visuals. Deepak Dev, who shot into fame with his fantastic music for Udayananu Thaaram, is not in his best form.

Sreenivasan tries to present his superstar merely as a caricature and is fine in parts. Mamta Mohandas is wasted in a character with no real significance. Vineeth Sreenivasan proves his limitations as an actor yet again while the rest of the cast makes a limited impact.

There are certain relevant issues that are being pointed out in Padmashree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar, in true Sreenivasan style. Like why should we make so many films in Malayalam when even the Russians make only around 30 odd films annually? Though it succeeds in raising such genuine questions, unveiling some of the ridiculous star tantrums and questioning some of the existing theories, the film fails to become an engaging watch.

Just as he actually is, superstar Saroj Kumar?s antics and his life turn out to be too loud and simply boring, in the end.

Verdict: Disappointing

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