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Bhaskar The Rascal malayalam movie review

The Siddique directorial and Anto Joseph production ‘Bhaskar The Rascal’ released on 15th April. The film has won many positive reviews from critics.

Cast

Mammootty plays a rich business tycoon called Bhaskar. His father is played by Janardhanan, known as Sankara Narayanan in the film. Sanoop Santhosh plays Adhi, the son of Mammootty. Nayanthara plays a woman called Hima and Anikha is her daughter.

Plot

Bhaskar (Mammootty)  is a business tycoon and has various business at his native place. Bhaskar’s father Sankara Narayanan (Janardhanan) had also been a very successful businessman once upon a time. But then his business failed and his life went downhill. He was surrounded by financial issues and all his friends and relatives abandoned him as well. Bhaskar, his son, was his only support in those hard times. Bhaskar was affected by this incident. Since then, collecting wealth and being financially well off became his ambition in life.

This aim is what drives Bhaskar. He works hard and ends up owning a business empire. He is affluent now and has very well reached his ambition. He is a widower, though he has a son Adhi (Sanoop Santhosh). But still – Bhaskar is unhappy! He is a very impatient person and gives harsh reactions when a person does something that he doesn’t like. He gets into fights easily whenever he comes across any kind of injustice. This thug-like behavior of Bhaskar is what earns him the pet name Rascal.

Bhaskar’s father Sankara Narayanan encourages him to tie the knot again. He keeps pressurizing his son, but Bhaskar is not ready to marry once again. Then Bhaskar and his son go on a trip. It is on the trip that they meet a lady called Hima (Nayanthara). She is a single mother and becomes close to Bhaskar’s son. She has her own business and is a quiet and calm person. She has a daughter (Anikha) who becomes friends with Adhi. Things get interesting when kids Adhi and Anikha try to unit parents Bhaskar and Hima. The rest of the story shows how the two actors bond.

Pros

Siddique has written and directed the film very well. He has crafted the plot and the characters just the way people would want in a family entertainer. The comedy has been thoughtfully executed. Both Nayanthara and Mammootty have done justice to their characters. The filmmakers have added so many interesting aspects and incidents to the film, that it keeps the audience’s eyes glued to the screen.

Mammootty has a challenging role to play. On one hand, he is a very hardworking person, a ruthless businessman and ‘rascal’ – as Bhaskar is called. Opposite to this dynamic and relentless personality is a father. He is a loving and caring father too. It is interesting to see how the actor has managed to portray both the dimensions of personality in the film. Nayanthara too has done a commendable job of essaying a single mother raising her daughter all alone.

Anikha and Master Sanoop have done perfectly well. Though they are supporting characters, they have essential roles to play in the plot. Both the kids’ performances are near perfect and they keep the audience engrossed. Janardhanan, already known for impressing the audience with his humor, has handled the role of the father quite nicely.

Cons

The story line is clichéd- Siddique hasn’t offered anything new in this film. The first half of the film is no doubt quite interesting, but the second half is not as good as the first part.

Verdict

Though not a must watch, it is quite a good family entertainer and significantly enjoyable.

Rating

3/5

Anusree & Shine Tom In ‘Saigal Padukayanu’

Shine Tom and Anusree shared the screen space in the 2014 ‘Itihaasa’. It was loved by Mollywood and became a sleeper hit. The two are teaming up for another film. Sibi Malayil is featuring this pair in his upcoming ‘Saigal Padukayanu’. The other characters would be essayed by Siddique, Sudheer Karamana, Mamukoya and Madhupal.

Director Sibi Malayil maintains suspense on the characters and plot of this upcoming flick. But he does reveal that it is a musical. Also, the chief location selected for filming is Kozhikode. M Jayachandran is handling the responsibility for the background score of ‘Saigal Padukayanu’. While Rafeeq Ahmed is creating the lyrics.

The Anusree and Shine Tom pairing had impressed the audience in ‘Itihaasa’. This Binu S directorial was based on a very interesting concept. It was a blend of comedy and fantasy, with the lead actors playing quite contrary role. Anusree plays a software professional, while Shine Tom dons the role of a petty thief. ‘Itihaasa’ then features what happens after the body of these two people is swapped. The light-hearted entertainer won many positive reviews from critics. The film was declared one of the best comedies in recent times and was liked for its absurdity portrayed in a cute manner.

Narain Teams and Meghana Raj in Hallelujah

Narain was missing from Mollywood for quite some time. The actor is back now and would be seen in a family entertainer. Sudhi Anna would be directing this movie and it has been titled ‘Hallelujah’.

Narain talks about his role in this upcoming film. He says that he dons the role of a psychiatrist who lives abroad. The man then comes back to his village after all the years of staying abroad. Interestingly, he comes with a mission in mind. The film shows the man’s childhood memories and also how his life changes when he is back the village. The actress selected for female lead is Meghana Raj. The film would start rolling from 4th May. The locations selected for filming are Kerala and the surrounding areas.

In Malayalam film industry, the last time the audience saw Narain was when he played a cameo role in ‘Njangalude Veettile Adhithikal’ – the Sibi Malayil film. Narain explains why he has been missing from Malayalam movies. He says that he had been occupied with a role in Tamil film. This particular role demanded that the actor grows a moustache and beard. So he was focused on this role and therefore couldn’t take up any other films. Now he has finally started looking into other scripts.

Ivan Maryadaraman malayalam movie review

The Suresh Divakar directorial ‘Ivan Maryadaraman’ reached the theaters on 4th April. The film is a remake of the Telugu flick ‘Maryada Ramanna’ that was released in 2010.

Cast

Dileep plays Raman who works at a rice mill of Pune and Nikki Galrani plays a girl called Krishnendu. Other characters have been portrayed by Thara Kalyan, Abu Salim, Nagineedu, Saju Navodaya and Manju Satheesh.

Plot

Raman  (Dileep) works as an employee at a rice mill located in Pune. He uses a bicycle for carrying rice to the mill for the processing. Raman then considers buying an auto rickshaw, so he plans to visit his village Ravanapuram to ask his mother for some money. He then heads home – unaware of the danger to come. Raman boards a train and meets a girl called Krishnendu (Nikki Galrani). They both chat and become friends during the journey.

Raman arrives at the village – only to find a gang of people who are on the move to murder him! Raman’s father too had been murdered at the village and his father’s perpetrators are the one wanting to take his life as well. When the two arrive at the village, Krishnendu invites Raman to visit her family. Krishnendu and Raman may have become friends. But Krishnendu’s family is Raman’s enemy as they are the ones who want to take Raman’s life.

Raman enters their home but the tragedy is that he cannot leave. If he does, he would lose his life with the flick of an eye. He is safe within the house as the house members have taken the vow to not kill in the house. The part that follows depicts how Raman stays within the house. Things get complicated when Krishnendu falls in love with him.

Pros

Looking at the performance of Dileep it can be said that the actor has done his best to get into the character. Niki Galrani has sported charming looks as Krishnendu and she too has done well. Her chemistry with Dileep is good and she has succeeded in this context. The film is better than the recent flops that Dileep has had to suffer. Also, it does not have any double meaning joke comedy that families might find inappropriate.

Cons

Though Dileep has worked hard to ensure that he doesn’t have to suffer flop again, the film isn’t as good as the audience were expecting. The performances are good – but that’s all. The acting can be called satisfactory and another flaw is Dileep’s outdated role. The actor hasn’t done badly, but then there is no novelty in the role. He has played the same type of roles he is known for. The movie could have been better if the filmmakers had done away with such stereotyped role and presented the actor in a fresh role instead.

Another aspect that adds to the downside of the film is the ordinary plot. The film does not have anything special or different to offer. Also the movie has been adapted from the Telugu film and it is likely that people who have watched the Telugu version wouldn’t be impressed by this new one. There was hope that this remake may outshine the Telugu one – but the hopes of Mollywood film enthusiasts have been shattered. Nikki needs to sharpen her acting skills. Her chemistry with Dileep could have been improved upon – had she possessed better acting skills.

It is natural that audience would compare the film with the Telugu version. And when they do, disappointment awaits them! The screen play is definitely not as impressive as the other film.

Verdict

Average Film . Good for one time watch

Rating

2.25/5