Cast: Biju Menon, Asif Ali, Baiju Santhosh, Nikhila Vimal, and Srinivasan.
Release date: 5 April 2019
With a director like Nadirshah who has delivered films like Amar Akbar Anthony and Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan, one can expect a laugh-ride first and a story next. But even those lower expectations about something new are not met with this film, Mera Naan Shaji which thinks it revolves around confusion about names.
There is a saying that there exist seven men with a prominent physical resemblance. But with the same name? There could be millions. After all, there could be so many names. Even a classroom of 30 could have at least a pair of students sharing the same name. What happens when three unrelated persons down to their personalities and living come or rather crashes into each other lives? It is basically the story of Mera Naam Shaji.
The three Shajis are from three different places. There is a gangster/goon from Kozhikode played by Biju Menon. Then there is the Kochi guy played by Asif Ali who is a hapless prankster without an aim in life. And finally a taxi driver from Thiruvananthapuram.
At one time, the money which belongs to Kozhikode Shaji falls in the hands of Ernakulam Shaji (workless guy) accidentally. The Kozhikode goon wants his money back at any cost. In the meantime, Thiruvananthapuram Shaji is mistakenly roughed up by Kozhikode Shaji. How their entwined lives come out of the free-falling spiral form the rest of the story.
The movie is marred by misogynistic jokes and tasteless dialogues which were thought to be generating fun. The narration of the film is pretty bad. The story appears to be stitched up in between the incoherent jokes just as fillers (read: the story is just an afterthought). There is no screenplay in the film like Mark Twain said in the introduction to Tom Sawyer: those who look for a moral in this story will be... In the same vein, we are coerced into not looking for a screenplay in Shaji.
The performances are pretty bad, to begin with. Everyone tried to put up a show on the screen but failed to generate the required emotions. The background music scored by Jakes Bejoy is good. Songs by Emil Mohammed come as a relief from watching the film. Toilet/cigarette breaks for those who still dare to watch the second half of the film after going through the torturous first half. The cinematography is the biggest highlight of the film with some refreshing visuals. The production values are good too.
All in all, Mera Naam Shaji is a waste of time. Both for the makers and the audience. Better not think that there is a film of this name and spend your hard earned cash and time on something else. This review is unusually smaller compared to our other reviews is enough proof of the tepidness of this...
Pycker rating: 1.5 out of 5