Saturday, January 4, 2014

Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal

Cast: Dileep, Reema Kallingal, Murli Gopy, Harishree Ashokan, Parvathy Nambiar
Genre: Comedy
Direction: Lal Jose
Production: Rathish Ambat, Prakash Varma, Jerry John Kallatt
Story: James Albert
Cinematographer: Pradeesh Varma
Music: Prashant Pillai
Editing: Ranjan Abraham
Language: Malayalam
Duration: 2 hours 23 minutes
Release Date: 20th December, 2013
Rating: 2/5 (Average)

Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal (ഏഴു സുന്ദര രാത്രികൾ) is a sequence of unpredictable events that unfolds during a course of seven days and nights of a bridegroom-in-waiting. It depicts how his life is tossed over when he happens to meet his ex-flame once again before his D’day.

Aby Mathew (Dileep) is an ad film-maker who is about to marry his model Ann (Parvathy Nambiar). Aby throws a bachelors party for his bunch of friends viz. Abid (Harishree Ashokan), Franco (Tiny Tom), Daisy (Praveena) and a few others just seven days before the marriage. Through Abid, Aby learns of his ex-flame Sini’s (Reema Kallinga) presence in the same city with whom he had a fall-out just a few days before their marriage. An inebriated Aby decides to go to Sini to invite her for his marriage. Sini talks high of her husband Alex (Murli Gopy), a boxer, with whom she has a son as well. Aby also boasts of his fiancée. 

The events take an ugly turn when Aby and Sini’s paths cross again and again. The duo sets out hazy attempts to retrace their steps and discover where things go wrong.  But the audience gets clueless till almost the end of the movie in connecting various events happening. The script falls flat in terms of justifying why a character is behaving in a particular manner. There is a hurried attempt at the last 15 minutes of the movie which seems to project forced connections amongst various people and events.

Director Lal Jose tries to explore the hollowness of relationships in this movie but somewhere gets lost in the maze of people entangled in the same.  

Cinematography by Pradessh Varma is good in certain frames. Music disappoints. Overall, the movie and its subject could have been handled in a much better manner.