Critic's Rating: 17/5
Sunday 7 September 2014
Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
Prithviraj, Asif Ali, Reenu Mathews
Last year he made an impressive debut with North 24 Kaatham. Writer-director Anil Radhakrishnan Menon proves his eminence once again, with the well crafted heist drama, Saptamasree Taskaraha.
The story is narrated in the form of a confession to the priest by Marty (Chemban Vinod Jose), a thief. A heist done by a seven member gang, which includes him as well, is now unveiled.
The seven men meet up for the first time during their stint at the Viyyur jail. A soft-spoken Krishnanunni (Prithviraj), a criminal named Shabab (Asif Ali), an honest chit fund owner called Noble chettan (Nedumudi Venu), Leaf Vasu (Sudheer Karamana), Narayanan Kutty (Neeraj Madhav), Salim Pasha (Salam Bukhari) and Marty come together with a mission.
With a terrific first half where Chemban Vinod Jose?s narration to the priest (played by Lijo Jose Pellissery) in peculiar Thrissur accent sets the mood, the viewers are ready for some thrilling moments. From then on the journey becomes a bit shaky, especially towards the end.
The screenplay has been peppered with lines full of local flavor and characters that are shockingly original. The structure is essentially modeled on the fantastic Oceans Eleven series but with a strong desi flavor, such comparisons may not be fair.
Anil Radhakrishnan Menon needs to be appreciated for the script and for packaging the film in a stylish manner. The editing, cinematography and the music, all adds to the effect in a big way.
The film?s ensemble cast needs a special round of applause. Actors like Chemban Vinod Jose, Sudheer Karamana, Nedumudi Venu, Neeraj Madhav, Joy Mathew and Lijo Jose Pellissery are a delight to watch, along with Prithviraj and Asif Ali.
Saptamasree Taskaraha may be far from perfect but is a highly enjoyable one nonetheless. It?s a thrilling ride with lots of lighter moments and some nail biting sequences as well. Don?t miss this one!