Vismayam is average

Vismayam review- Average



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 08 August 2016

Movie Title

Vismayam is average


Chandra Sekhar Yeleti

Star Cast

Mohanlal, Gautami

Vismayam, the Malayalam version of director Chandra Sekhar Yeleti’s Telugu film Manamantha essentially stitches four stories together.

Sairam (Mohanlal) is an assistant manager at a supermarket, who is finding the going tough but lands in real trouble for an act that he does at a certain point of time. Gayatri (Gauthami) is getting an unprecedented opportunity in her life. Abhiram (Viswant Duddumpudi) falls for a beautiful girl, played by Anisha Ambrose. Mahitha (Raina Rao) shows affection towards a kid, from a modest household and wants him to study.

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The stories are narrated in a multi linear way and as you would have guessed by now, ends up in a rather predictable manner with lots of melodrama.

There are some nice moments here and there for sure, but it’s a rather ordinary story painfully created to fit in to a certain premeditated pattern. Sairam’s story does affect the viewer but Abhiram’s love story is barely engaging. Mahitha manages to evoke genuine emotions perhaps better than Gayatri’s story.

Now it could be a rather different type of narrative for Telugu, but we have seen films of this genre in Malayalam earlier.

Likewise, Mohanlal’s subtle acting may be a surprise for those who haven’t watched his genius as an actor in some of those gems from Malayalam. It is to his credit that he accepted a role which has not much glamour or any chance for the usual bravado sequences, set aside for the hero. Among the rest of the cast, it is Raina Rao who shines well.

Vismayam is made on a premise that is not much exciting. This one is not quite like some of those loud Telugu flicks for sure, but that is barely a reason for the viewers to feel thrilled about. There is not much in this that you haven’t seen before.

Vismayam review - Verdict: Average

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