After the highly successful Udayananu Thaaram, actor cum scriptwriter Sreenivasan brings back the popular character Superstar Saroj Kumar. There was a decent crowd when I went to watch the film. In spite of the film not being a sequel to Udayananu Thaaram, there was a lot of interest around this film due to the Saroj Kumar character and Sreenivasan’s script.
The film starts off showing the present crisis that the Malayalam film Industry is facing. There are some good moments in the first half an hour. Dialogues of producer Babykuttan (Mukesh), and then the intro of Megastar Saroj Kumar. The intro is fine but from then on, things spiral downwards. Saroj Kumar, who was saved by Udayabhanu in Udayananu Thaaram, has now gone back to his old habits and is as arrogant as they come. His antics are much louder than before. The combat between Saroj Kumar and Mamtha gets boring after a while. The film then proceeds with different events in the life of the megastar and how he gets different honours like the Padmashree, Doctorate and Lt. Col degrees. As the film moves on, the mood becomes more serious and the climax has a small twist at the end.
The film, despite having a good theme, suffers from a messy script.
There are few good moments in between but that’s not what you expect
from a scriptwriter of Sreenivasan’s class and repertoire. It is better
than Sreenivasan’s previous outing 'Oru Naal Varum' but nothing special
at all. Considering the weak script that he was handed, the direction is
pretty good and the director has done his best with the script. Deepak
Dev’s songs are good and are among the rare pluses of the film. The
cinematography is passable while the editing is average.
Jagathy reprised his role as Pachaalam Bhasi and he is at his best.
Salim Kumar does a neat job. Suraj Venjaramood as the head of the Fans
Association comes up with yet another repetitive performance and he is
boring to say the least. Mamtha is totally wasted as she has nothing
much to do. Fahad Fazil continues his good work from Chaapa Kurish with
another good performance here. Mukesh does a superb job as producer
Babykuttan. Vineeth Sreenivasan comes up with an average performance.
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