Friday, May 7, 2010

katha thudarunnu. . .

If Innathe Chintavishayam was urban and upper class,and Bhagyadevata was refreshing,the latest offering from the family-movie man Satyan Anthikad -- Katha Thudarunnu -- is a bit of a disappointment. In other words, the movie lacks the essential Anthikad touch, and therefore fails to impress. Even the songs by Ilayaraja do not seem to work the magic. And, there are no serene locales (except in a song) that usually form such an important part of Anthikad flicks. The only relieving factor is the supporting cast, comprising the bunch of Anthikad regulars --- Innocent, Mamu Koya,KPAC Lalita, Lakshmipriya (Jayaram's lovestruck sister in Bhagyadevata)and so on, among whom,his regular stills man Mohan's(Momi has been doing bit parts in all Anthikad movies) absence is rather conspicuous.
The plot revolves around Vidya Nambiar (Mamta Mohandas) who marries musician Shah Navas (Asif Ali), much to the consternation of both their families and the respective communities. the rest of the movie deals with what happens to her after her husband's death, and how she is eventually redeemed by an auto driver Prem (Jayaram) and his colony friends.
Mamta's character is given so much focus that she at times overshadows even Jayaram; and mostly situations and characters are made for her sake, to move her story forward. Also, there are a number of loop holes here and there that prompt some obvious questions regarding the turn of events that take Vidya on a steady downhill ride till she meets Prem. Though the movie ends on a note of hope, it lacks a sense of completion and at the end of about two and a half hours, one does not get out with the satisfaction of having experienced a Sathyan Anthikad story.
Nevertheless, Anthikad's penchant for social satire, and a firm belief in the essential goodness of man show through in the characters of the colonywallahs who share a warm camaraderie and willingly come forward to help not only each other, but even someone who comes into their midst, even if temporarily. That's where Anthikad has probably left his signature -- in celebrating companionship, in preserving hope, reiterating that there is still goodness in this world so long as there are samaritans, so long as there is faith (in each other and in God).

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