Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu review: realistic and engaging

Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu review: realistic and engaging

Like the recent Dileep movie Georgettan’s Pooram, Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu is also a film that focuses on the relevance of having a playground. But unlike Georgettan’s Pooram, Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu has more focus on its subject and in a realistic engaging way; it conveys it’s thought effectively.

A government employee named Baiju is the main protagonist of the movie. He is considered as a lazy person but he has an interest in taking care of the playground and his club Kumbalam Brothers. The film Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu isn’t trying to create a typical story. It gives importance to the life of people surrounding that playground and through that it shows us the relevance of having a playground.

On a peripheral analysis the film may look like a collage of jokes in an average plot. But if you observe it more closely there are small elements that are related to the main agenda of the film in each of the subplot we see in the movie. The characters that we see on that playground have various emotional struggles and knowingly or unknowingly the socializing factor, which is the playground is offering a solution to each person. The less preachy approach of this movie in conveying that is its major highlight. The abundance of subplots is occasionally stretching the movie too much, but those stories also have a base on their own.

Ranjan Pramod treats this movie in an entirely different way. Realism has been creating waves in Malayalam main stream movies in the recent past and the director here uses that treatment very effectively to construct characters. With sync sound and less dramatic frames the films humor and sentiments look very real on screen. The hero has shades of a responsible man which the general society fails to recognize or appreciate. The sub plots have a politics of their own and it all contributes to the strength of the movie. The frames are only trying to look at the events without much of an effort to make it visually alluring. The music from Bijibal was also quite nice.

Even though the character of Baiju falls in the usual style of Biju Menon in the humorous areas, there is a gradual progression in his performance as the movie moves forward and Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu effectively explores Biju Menon as an actor. Deepak Parambol, Aju Varghese, Hannah, Indrans, Vijayaraghavan, Janardhanan, Alencier Ley, Dileesh Pothan, Chethan, Nebish Benson and a lot of others are there in the elaborate star cast and they all looked very real in terms of performance. The debutante Sreekala makes a good impression in the movie.

The length of this film along with numerous subplots may make you feel that the movie is sort of overdone. But if you analyze it closely and look in to the relevance of each subplot, there is more than enough to please you beyond the comedy.


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