Cast: Kalidas Jayaram, Aishwarya Lekshmi and Aneesh Gopalan
Director: Midhun Manuel Thomas
Release Date: 22 March 2019
Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu aims to be a blend of a coming of age sports drama and a romantic comedy. The movie has everything going for it as it has a young hero, a happening heroine, and a trendy subject. Midhun Manuel Thomas who is known for the cult Aadu series helmed this film. All these make Argentina fans a lucrative option for the weekend.
Kattoorkadavu in Thrissur district is taken as the background of this film. The village is known among many things for the Chantha or Kaattoor Angady and plays the backdrop for the story of football fanatics perfectly. As usual with Malayalam movies with a rural setting, the film also promises a few great visuals. Let’s see if all this turns out well and gives Kalidas Jayaram the much needed success with Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu review.
Vipinan is your average rural youngster who hangs out with his friends is also the sole breadwinner for his family. He is a football (soccer) enthusiast. Those who follow soccer know the craze for various South American teams have among the Indian youth. Especially when it comes to both Argentina and Brasil, Indians think them like their own team. And this is for an obvious reason. Vipin and his gang are the eponymous Argentina Fans in Kaattoor.
But for every Argentina fan, there should be a Brasil fan. Mehrunnisa Khadarkutty is one such Brazil fan. She is also the schoolmate of Vipinan and their rivalry courtesy their loyalty to different soccer teams is also legendary. But as it should in every feel good romantic dramas, they slowly fall in love with each other. Along the way, we also pass a time period of about 12 years where four soccer world cups roll out.
Kalidas Jayaram as Vipinan exuded charm. Though there are a few detailing problems and a plasticky sense to his characterisation he overcame all this to make his role lovable. He and the guy who played his friend, Suni have struck up a great chemistry as buddies. Aishwarya Lekshmi as Mehrunnisa, Vipinan’s opposite number and love interest is cute and elevated her cliches role with her acting capabilities. Other actors just turn up as and when required.
Writing And Direction
The narration of the movie is confusing. There is no unifying emotional thread in the film which causes a problem. Is it a sports film where an underdog of a hero prevails against odds? No. Is it a romantic comedy where the underlying romantic tension between the lead pair drives the plot? No. Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu is neither a sports drama nor a breezy romantic comedy. It is a mess of some cliches and a drag fest.
The direction of the film is surprisingly passive. The dialogues though appear good while watching the film, doesn’t add to the lore. You can’t remember a single good dialogue. The screenplay has many moments where the flow of the film stalls. The basic core point also doesn’t come until later in the second half of the film.
The music by Gopi Sunder is good though. The score is pleasant and works as one of the few positives for the film alongside the cinematography by Ranadive. The editing by Lijo Paul is playing for the most part but could have been sharp. The production design is good. The locations and backgrounds have typical Kerala nativity and add charm to the visuals. The production values are decent.
Argentina Kaattoorkadavu is a missed chance for the director who solely depended on the feel good factor and the fans of the game and not on story. While a few can bear with the drag feat of the narration for the sake of the few highlights which lights up the proceedings here and there, it doesn’t offer to those who are neither interested in the game nor have invested in the director’s previous films. You can watch it when streamed online. Unless you have an absolute compulsion to watch it.
- Few feel good moments
- Music and Cinematography
- Aishwarya Lekshmi
- Draggy Narration
- Cliched Story
- Average Direction
Pycker Rating: 2.25 out of 5