Drama (Malayalam) Review & Rating
Drama Review: A Fractured Comedy Which Fails To Make You Laugh
When a highly acclaimed director like Ranjith Balakrishnan is coming up with a comedy-drama with superstar Mohanlal in the lead role, the expectations certainly be high. Ranjith who had delivered movies like Thirakkatha and Indian Rupee which won the National Award for Best Movie in Malayalam and commercially successful films like Loham, ha now taken to make a satire on the human relations and how people wear a mask when dealing with other people and the family dramas in earnest where people put on a show to appear good to others.
But it is amazing how such a filmmaker comes up with a spineless film like Drama where everything on the screen appears fractured. Even the highly acclaimed cast. It was just a show on the screen which fails to affect the audience in any way. Aren't there any positives? You may ask. Yes. Mohanlal is enough of a pull to make people flock to the theatres. And there are few really funny scenes that will tickle the funny bones. All in the first half.
The actors are asked to come up with a comedy show on the screen and except for the veteran actress Arundathi Nag around whom or whose dead body, the majority of the film revolves around. The story of the film starts with Rosamma going to London with her youngest daughter but her soul always revolves around her own place, Kattapana. She wants to be cremated, if she is to die, in the parish in their native place beside her husband's grave.
A small but legitimate wish from an old woman. But her death comes quicker than she had anticipated and her children who have been at various places in the world, 6 in all, gather in London and want to take the easy route. That is to cremate her in the big city instead of her small town of Kattapana. How grateful she could be! With her being dead and her children taken the easy route, how her wish of being lying beside her husband in her native place and whether her soul rests in peace at all after all the drama form the rest of the story.
Where is Mohanlal? He is certainly not one of the children. This is where the storyteller in Renjith failed. He drafted in a superstar like Mohanlal and had given him a big task but he is not in the main story of the film. The narration is fractured is an understatement. The gags look half-baked. Everyone in the huge cast of the film did their bit to show that they really wanted to act in the movie by overacting.
Mohanlal oozes charisma in a new avatar. Arundathi really steals the show in the few scenes she appears by her genuine effort. The lesser we talk about the others the better. The music is above average but produced routine sounds in the majority of the humorous scenes. The cinematography is good as it should be for a movie with a big star like Mohanlal is in and the editor might have taken a break by leaving it all to the director. The art department did a fine job and few locations look genuinely nice. The production values are excellent.
On a whole, Drama is a forceful comedy drama which better shouldn't have made it to the big screens. It may seem a bit harsh to say this, but an actor of the stature Mohanlal doesn't deserve such a film in his CV. Renjith began the film in earnest but failed to make head or tail after the first half an hour or so. If you really want to watch this film, better do it for the scenes with Arundathi Nag on the screen or the scenes where Mohanlal appear emotional. Else, give it a break and wait for the next week to try your luck. Avoidable for Mohanla's sake.
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Superstar Mohanlal starrer Drama is one of the highly anticipated movies of the month. Released to virtually no competition at the box office, the Renjith directorial is expected to do well in its first week as another big film is going to take the theatres by storm next week. Drama started with a mixed talk saying that Renjith once again came up with a half-baked script. The only positives of this comedy-drama film are Mohanlal's performance and a few good laughs. The first half starts off well with funny moments. But the pace couldn't sustain. The central drama of the movie revolves around a dead body.
Just like the central character of the movie, most of the roles in Drama are written without a soul. Mohanlal is said to have overacted to generate humor which in turn become stale. Except for the few genuine laughs in the first half of the movie, Drama is a movie which should not have happened at all. But whatever the thing, if you decide to watch it still, it is only for Mohanlal.
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