Cast: Mohanlal, Siddique, Kalabhavan John, Meena, Ansiba, Esther, Asha Sharath, Kozhikode Narayanan Nair
Written and Directed by: Jeethu Joseph
Aashirvad Cinemas Production
George Kutty (Mohanlal) is a self-made man. An orphan who dropped out of school after Grade 4, George Kutty has just about worked in every field he has come across. When we meet him, he is the owner of a small cable TV company. Married to Rani (Meena) a sweet and typical housewife, with two daughters Anju (Ansiba) and Anu (Esther), George Kutty spends his days trying to make ends meet and save money for his future plans.
The plot revolves around a terrible situation that threatens to shake the very foundation of the family and the events that follow.
This family thriller had the audience trying to gain one-step ahead of the plot in vain. The interval was abuzz with people bouncing strategies and theories off each other and we could hardly wait for the second half to start.
The hero of the movie is not Mohanlal, but, the screen play itself. Jeethu Joseph has hit this one out of the park. A seemingly unassuming story line quickly involves the audience in the unfolding of events.
The introduction of Mohanlal didn’t have any fanfare. There was a sudden stir in the audience and silence fell like a damp cloth over a fire. Mohanlal did more than just justice to the role. A simple man pushed to extremes could not have been better executed.
That being said, industry buzz says that Jeethu approached veteran actor Mamooty first. Also, Jeethu decided to direct the film himself following a proposal from another director to change the script to suit a ‘younger actor’. Well, we are glad Jeethu Joseph stood his ground with Drishyam, like Troy Duffy did with The Boondock Saints.
Siddique has delivered a solid performance. Asha Sharath, torn between the roles of an esteemed police officer and a mother, the role is a tall order, but she has given it her best shot. She pales in comparison to Siddique though. Kalabhavan John will also consider this film a feather in his cap. Rendering the role masterfully, he has us hating him in some parts while admiring his dogged determination in others. Esther was also praised by a lot of theatre goers and I over heard one little girl ask ‘Poor girl. Will she be ok pappa?’
The best part about Drishyam is the screen play is the cunningly placed decoys that send your mind veering in another direction while the plot stays simple and gives you a whooping climax.
When the movie ended the crowd erupted in wild cheers, the sign of a successful movie. All the way to the parking lot we heard people singing the movie’s praises and we discussed the film on the way home.
The Verdict: Not to be missed.
A good movie is one that goes home with the audience and stays for dinner. Drishyam is that and much more.
P.S: I downloaded the photos used in this post using Google Image Search. They do not belong to me.
Cast: Mohanlal, Vijay, Kajal Agarwal,Mahad,Soori, Sampat Raj, Thambi Ramayya
Written and Directed : Neason
Production: R.B. Choudary
Cinematography : R. Ganesh
Stunts: Selva Stunt and Dhilip Subbarayan
Needless to say this film spiked our interest. On Sunday, we arrived at VOX Cinemas a quarter of an hour before the show was set to begin. We were not allowed past the ticket checker guy who looked flabbergasted at the crowd that had gathered for the show. They made sure to let in the movie goers for all other cinemas and then finally allowed us to enter Theatre Number Five, a mere minute and a half before the show.
The energy in the theatre was electric. You could feel it build up as the movie started with a car being chased and toppled in the still of the night. The crowd collectively held their breaths while the camera panned to show a cigar being snipped and lit, emerging from the deadly night like an apparition amidst the smoke, was the legendary Mohan Lal. His rough salt and pepper look and lethal expression barely registered as the crowd clapped and cheered and whistled in rapture. This man, this legend, larger than life squats next to a cornered enemy. We know he has no way out, Lal’s expression has already conveyed the enemy’s fate to the fans. Then he speaks – I flinch. I notice many people in the audience look at each other and go “huh?!”
Two seconds ago I was in awe of this master of dialogue delivery. A king among artists – Lal Aettan as he is lovingly called, is one of my favourite and respected actors of all time. Yet, his punch dialogues were not in sync with the tremendous force his expressions alone brought to the movie.
Throughout the movie we can see that Mohan Lal’s impeccable rendering of the role is marred by the ill composed script. It seems like Neason had Rajkiran, Prakash Raj or Sathyaraj in mind while writing the script. Mohan Lal’s reactions and expressions elevate the scenes to a higher plane of movie making and then baam! – the empty dialogues ruin the effect.
When you have an absolute gem like Lal , it is downright disrespectful to book him for a movie and give him such a script to work with.
Vijay as always is Vijay – a brute with a heart who loves his family and is loved by all. Ilayathalapathy’s movie is as predictable as ever but that hardly seemed to matter to die-hard fans who seemed satisfied to just bask in his on-screen presence. As always some songs were mass entertainers and the fights were choreographed in his signature style.
Kajal Aggarwal performance was mediocre and Soori was a welcome relief.
As the movie progresses, the audience seem to be saddened by the sheer predictability of the movie. But the well placed fights and fitting background score by Imman seems to save the day. At least two songs in the movie will be doing its rounds in the hands of top DJ’s in the state.
Jilla is one of those movies that entertain you by just being part of an audience, clapping, cheering and whistling for two of the most famous people in Indian Cinema. But the discerning, intellectual movie goer comes away insatiate.
One thing the movie does not take away from you is your adoration for The Consummate Actor Mohan Lal. The film rides on the unique abilities of Lal Aettan and Ilayathalapathy. Sadly, nothing else comes even close.
All in all, Jilla is a mass entertainer but is hollow on the inside.