The Siddique directorial and Anto Joseph production ‘Bhaskar The Rascal’ released on 15th April. The film has won many positive reviews from critics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Though not a must watch, it is quite a good family entertainer and significantly enjoyable.