By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Thursday 15 April 2010
Dileep, Innocent, Kavya Madhavan
Dileep is back with a bang, or that is what one feels as you watch him in his latest film, Pappi Appacha. Directed by debutant Mamas, the film has a rollicking first half and a more serious second half. Things could have been really great if its makers had made the latter half on a rather lighter tone and had trimmed the length of the film, but it is nice fun even in its current form.
The story is happening in a sleepy village called Ithirikkandam, where a wealthy but idiotic father and son duo turns out to be the uncrowned rulers! The two, Nirappel Mathai (Innocent) and his son Pappi (Dileep), are more like friends and have quite a few business interests ranging from the control of a market, a school, theatre, match factory and so on. The two are uneducated and had become rich from real, humble beginnings.
Pappi has been besotted by Annie (Kavya Madhavan), but never had the courage to reveal his feelings to her. She is a teacher at the school owned by Pappi and though she is aware about his interest in her, she totally ignores him. Some issues and an election later, the unthinkable happens, as Pappi and Appachan go separate ways!
There is nothing spectacular about the storyline here and the sequences often happen in a highly predictable and formulaic way. But from the title card onwards the makers are clear that you don't need to use your brains much to enjoy this one! Well, once you are ready with that mindset, it turns out to be an enjoyable experience.
The first half is the film's highlight as well. Dileep is in full form and though certain lines are lewd and the whole film is a bit loud as well, you will find yourself laughing at some of the comic situations for sure. Dharmajan Bolghatty, who is often seen doing comedy programmes on the various TV channels, makes his debut as Dileep's sidekick and provides some hilarious moments.
But the unlikely surprise package is Ashokan, who excels as a rival of Pappi. He is incredibly funny and impresses with his good comic timing. Kalabhavan Shajon has also done a fine job in the comedy department.
The story takes a serious turn in the second half and that is exactly where the film loses its grip to a certain extent. Suresh Krishna comes as the villain after a while in the story and though he looks different, he has nothing much to offer other than what we have seen in most of his usual roles. At more than 2 hours and 30 minutes, the film seems to be a tad too lengthy. 20 minutes shorter, the film would have been a better package.
It's quite nice to watch certain original comedies and the experiment where flashback scenes have been shown as illustrations. Sanjeev Sankar's camera is pretty nice and Vidyasagar is in good form with his compositions and the background scores. The action sequences by 'Stun' Shiva needs a mention for its style.
Pappi Appacha could have been better for sure, but still it provides some really funny moments. Well, the chances are that you may laugh at some of those corny dialogues and feel embarrassed at the thought that you actually enjoyed them, soon after. But don't worry, that's what the film intends do as well!
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
Soubin Shahir and Mamta Mohandas shine in this conventional film