Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Movie Review of Ennum Eppozhum

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The Story Frame

Ennum Eppozhum is the story of  Vineeth N Pillai a senior correspondent with a women's magazine called Vanitaratnam and Advocate Deepa, a single mother. The movie revolves around these two characters on how their lives cross each other's path.

Vineeth N Pillai is a lousy and laid back senior writer who is always prone to be late and unorganised in personal and professional life. Life changes for Vineeth with the entry of his new boss Kalyani who is a hard core professional who wants immediate compliance on every matter she asks for. He is left with only one option to save his job by getting a interview fixed with the firebrand advocate Deepa for Vanitaratnam's special edition.

Why Advocate Deepa is hounded by the CEO of a real estate and how her personal life takes an unprecedented twist, forms an important part of the storyline.

Cast: Mohanlal (Vineeth N Pillai), Manju Warrier (Advocate Deepa), Innocent (Kariachan, a retired post master), Usha S Karunagapally (Rosy, wife of Kariachan), Leena Abhilash (Farah, Deepa's friend), Reenu Mathews (Kalyani, the new editor in chief of Vanita Ratnam), Baby Advaitha ( Mia, Deepa's daughter), Kalpana (Bindhu, a ward member), Renji Pannicker (CEO of GM Builders)

Genre: Drama

Language: Malayalam

Story: Raveendran

Direction: Sathyan Anthikad

Producer: Anthony Perumbavoor

Production Company: Aashirvad Cinemas

Cinematographer: Neil D'Cunha

Music: Vidyasagar

Singers: P Jayachandran, Rajalakshmy, Harishankar, Binny Krishnakumar, Vijay Yesudas

Film Editing by: K Rajagopal

Screen Play by : Ranjan Pramod

Distributors : Maxlab Entertainments (Kerala), Four Brother's Release (India), MAS Film and Entertainment Ltd (Europe), Achu and Achu's Creation (Australia, New Zealand & Singapore), Aashirvad (UK and rest of the world)

Theatre Release: 28th March, 2015

Duration: 147 minutes

Reviewer's Thumb Mark

What happens when two versatile actors unite on screen after seventeen years? The expectations soars and the film pundits dares to predict it to be a super hit. But if that is what you think, then it doesn't happen here with Ennum Eppozhum. It has turned out to be a damp squib with its over simplicity, without having a strong plot to hold the audience curiosity and interest. Its main villain GM Builders CEO (Renji Pannicker) is more into buffoonery than being villainous.

Kalyani, another character played by Reenu Mathews appears to be too opinionated about Vineeth N Pillai a feature writer for Vanitaratnam, a magazine for women. Though, we are made to believe that it could be probably because of his laid back attitude and unorganized appearance in crucial business meetings of the magazine. But then Kalyani has returned from abroad and claims to have done a lot of research work for the magazine and is also been appreciated for her contributions in bringing changes which translated into an increase in its circulations. If so, why does she fail to realize and observe that Vineeth N Pillai is a main feature writer and all his main features has been savored widely by the readers in the past and it still continues so. It happens so, that in one of the frames Vineeth is seen conveying this quite vehemently to his self proclaimed boss who and what he is ? What ones fails to understand about Kalyani is her change of heart towards Vineeth N Pillai in the second half of the movie. A  dove-eyed Kalyani is seen falling for him and it only confuse the audience further whether the plot is going to have a twist. Don't know why it was attempted at all?

Kariachan (Innocent, the retired post master and his wife Rosy (Usha S Karunagapally) steals the show by being the most lovely old couples on earth. They do generate a few chuckles in the movie. Jacob Gregory as Mathan, the dumb and moron photographer who is also a voyeur fails to tickle the funny bone by his antics. Kalpana as Bindhu a ward member keeps you in splits, though her cameo appearance is distinct but bit overboard.

Lena Abhilash as Farah has nothing substantial to contribute to the movie. She is also portrayed going through a rough patch in her marital life. Does Satyan Anthikad needs more than one woman to generate the viewers' emotion towards hapless women in marriage.

Manju Warrier is bang on  in the skin of Advocate Deepa. Her conviction, positivity towards life and people around her as a divorcee is outstanding. But then it is high time she explores into different characters with a background that doesn't reflect her own shades of life. Is it an attempt by the film makers to take mileage out of her happenings in personal life to draw the audience into the theatre? Advocate Deepa bottled and shaken well as an artist, an activist under the media lens, fiery lawyer, single mother and a scooty-borne bold lady who takes on the real-estate-mafia nexus is served as a cocktail to the audience. It is actually an attempt to take the viewers for granted.

Another important flaw in the movie is the scenes where she is shown practicing her dance on the terrace of her home with high-rise buildings at the backdrop. But surprisingly most of the scenes show her entering her independent small villa which stands lined up with other villas on either side of the colony road.

Mohanlal's Vineeth N Pillai is quite comical and a laid back  character. Vineeth's morning chores in the office washroom do add some fun but he is over all clumsy throughout the movie. Just to justify his fight scenes the filmmaker makes a desperate attempt to show him as a boxer in his young days.

A Satyan Anthikad movie surely could have been better... May be next time.

Life Connoisseur Movie Rating:  2/5