Aanakallan Review: worst Biju Menon film in the recent past
When the writing becomes horrible and the movie starts to extend pointlessly, the experience would become a horrible one. That was the feeling I got while watching Suresh Divakar’s second film Aanakallan. Written by Uday Krishna, Aanakallan is an exhausting movie experience that just tries to make an illusion of a movie using random jokes inside a boring story.
Pavithran is our hero and he is a convicted thief who is now in prison. Police officer Esthappan takes him out in parole to solve a case that happened in a palace 3 years back. Pavithran was the only possible link to the case. How Pavithran utilizes this parole period and what is the actual story of Pavithran is what Aanakallan showing us.
Sensibility has no significance here. You might laugh for some of the laughter gags you get to see on screen until the point hits you that this is a case ordered by the CM of the state directly. That investigation is getting out of focus here because of some ridiculous track comedies that aren’t helping the story in any way. The first half and the second half has a stark difference that made me question the relevance of that first half. The second half has more of a structured story, but the quality of writing in that area is really disappointing.
Biju Menon is in his typical form and you won’t find it boring because he is very much the oxygen of this otherwise dull movie. Siddique is wasted in an idiotic police character. Dharmajan and Hareesh Kanaran are there only for the sake of comedy and the jokes are forgettable and occasionally horrible. I still can't figure out the importance of the character played by Shamna Kasim. Rare faces like Suresh Krishna, Bala, Kailash, Saikumar etc. gets a chance to show us their faces.
One thing Suresh Divakar should have done in the making was to chop off scenes that weren’t making any sense. That would have lessened the burden for the viewer. Uday Krishna’s writing is more interested in the spontaneity of the hero rather than providing something genuinely interesting. The number of scenes with no significance is high and there is hardly a scene that will stay with you. It was sad to see someone like Alby failing to create a single shot that will make us feel the presence of a quality cinematographer. The random script makes it difficult for the viewer to assemble the story.
This is Biju Menon’s least impressive in the recent past. After taking chances with certain experimental attempts Biju Menon takes up a routine entertainer that just doesn’t have the element of excitement to its credit.
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