Margamkali Review: nothing more than a half-baked skit
Margamkali is directed by Sreejith Vijayan who previously made the Kunchacko Boban starrer Kuttanadan Marpappa. If you are someone who is okay with such a movie, then his new film Margamkali may work for you as a passable comedy. I wasn’t a huge fan of that film and Margamkali was a half-baked skit for my taste. Towards the end of the movie, actor Siddique cracks a Kaviyoor Ponnamma joke, and this movie would have been much more enjoyable if the humor was similar to this.
A young man named Sachi is our hero. Sachi is an expert in writing love letters. Once when he tried to solve the problem in the love life of his best friend, he accidentally ends up in a relationship with another girl named Urmila. The basic story of the movie Margamkali is about the ups and downs in this relationship between Sachi and Urmila.
In the second half of the movie, there is one hilarious comedy scene in a mall featuring Dharmajan. I can assure you that you will definitely laugh out loud for that one. But the point is that this movie doesn’t really need such a scene to move on. And this two and a half-hour-long film has so many similar comedy sequences that have no relevance with the main track. The reason why the hero’s parents won’t talk to each other is an utterly bizarre one. The writer of the movie Sasankan has said that he developed the idea from Urmila’s perspective. But what this movie has done is squeezing in comedy even in the most inappropriate areas.
Bibin George takes the character into his comfort zone and was fine in being Sachi. Namitha Pramod, in my opinion, was really good as the movie sort of offered her a good space to perform. Baiju Santhosh gets a good character. Hareesh and Dharmajan are a burden in the name of comedy. Shanthi Krishna’s mother character was annoyingly cool while Siddique handled the similar zone smartly. Soumya Menon is paired opposite Hareesh in a pointless role.
The politics of this movie is problematic and ironic. Sreejith Vijayan is continuing from his last film in terms of bitching about women. The film tries to glorify stalking as some kind of hard work and according to the makers, “trapping” the girl in an arranged marriage is smartness. A movie that wants to talk profoundly about how external beauty doesn’t matter is frequently making jokes about the skin color of a sidekick character. The cinematography was on the finer side and I really liked that initial love song.
Bibin George has written the dialogues of this film. But knowing his style of comedy in the movies he has written, one can sense a creative collaboration even in the construction of scenes. It almost feels like a lame attempt at making the skit script written by Sasankan to a comedy movie that we associate with Vishnu and Bibin.
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