In the beginning of the movie, during the character introduction of Prithviraj, who enacts Rony, a catering employee in Fort Kochi, his friend Munna (Dharmajan) asks him to smile. And Munna says, "ethra nalayi ninne ingane kayilimundu uduthu chirichu nikkana kandittu" (It has been a while since we saw you smiling like a simple guy wearing kayili mund). This is the story Kalabhavan Shajohn narrates in his debut directorial; the tale of a simple young man and those around him.
Rony is a happy-go-lucky guy who works at a catering company. Munna is his best buddy. During the course of their work, the duo encounters different kinds of people, including the characters of Madonna Sebastian and Chandi (Vijayaraghavan) who bring a funny twist to the story.
Parallel to the story of Rony is the tale of a shady character enacted by Prasanna, which brings further sudden twists to the mood of the story every now and then. With the very first shot, we can tell that Prasanna has criminal inclinations. He is a psycho, blackmailing and honey trapping people. How Rony and Munna get connected to the female characters, including of Prayaga Martin and Aishwarya Lekshmi, makes the movie.
There is a lot of comedic dialogues, some deliberately added to trigger connections, such as the mention of Prithviraj’s directorial Lucifer. Some strike a chord, some don’t. Every character in the film has a backstory wrapped in deep emotions. Hence the movie jumps from one emotion to another quickly. There is laughter, fear, tears and suspense. In a way, all the formulaic elements that a commercial movie needs.
Most of the songs are situational and 4Music has done it well. However, the background score which the team has used to sustain the suspense of the story, gets mechanical and exasperating. Cinematographer Jithu Dhamodhar has done his job well.
Almost the entire cast - be it Dharmajan, Prayaga, Prasanna, Madonna and Kottayam Naseer - has done justice to their roles. Prithviraj, who has essayed comedic characters in films such as Pavada and Amar Akbar Antony, tries his best to slip into local funny guy-mode, but does not quite crack it. However, he does stunts well and performs the emotional sequences perfectly. Aishwarya Lekshmi showcases a fabulous performance as Santa, however, it reminds us of her role in Varathan. Prasanna, who has made the psychic villain haunting, too repeats the traits of his sociopathic character Balki in Thiruttupayale 2.
Actor Shajohn proves his skill as a director by creating a suspense thriller and shows the promise for more projects. However, the one question to be asked to the scribe-cum-director is, why does a movie always need the abused women to be rescued by a man (in this film, the saviour is known as Puli)? In this day and age, when women are standing up for themselves, it is quite natural for the audience to question why aren't women capable of protecting their ‘honour’.
In this Onam season, if you want to have a taste of a suspense thriller, grab a ticket.