Aadu 2 (2017) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


‘Aadu 2’ takes off not decidedly from where its former part had left off, since definitiveness certainly isn’t something that ‘Aadu Oru Bheekara Jeeviyanu’ could pride itself on. It’s a celebration of nothingness again, and through all the noise, clamour, hoots and wolf whistles, Paappan and his team vanish, perhaps to reappear a couple of years later, in another sequel.


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‘Aadu 2’ takes off not decidedly from where its former part had left off, since definitiveness certainly isn’t something that ‘Aadu Oru Bheekara Jeeviyanu’ could pride itself on. Its sequel is rather a mere continuation of the characters in the original film, and they are pretty much in the same fix yet again, with as little a story or narrative as there was, in the first part.

Shaji Paappan (Jayasurya) and his buddies are back at it, and nothing much seems to have changed, when it comes to their (lack of) intelligence, as Arakkal Abu (Saiju Kurup) and Sachin Cleetus (Dharmajan Bolgatty) establish in no time. Mismatched identities, slapstick humour and a specious plot – ‘Aadu 2’ makes a rightful progression, from where it had vaguely left off.

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Here are the things that haven’t really altered a bit  in the two years that have since passed by – Paappan’s moustache, his trademark costume, and his nagging backache, to which there never seems to be an end. And here are the ones that have gone for a toss – Menaka Kanthan, High Range Hakkim and a few other madcap characters who have almost disappeared without a trace.

Mithun Manuel Thomas plucks off his characters off the Bheekara Jeevi terrain and drops them on a fairly similar plain, where none other than the Prime Minister himself intervenes to make a difference. For, it’s on the night of the 8th of November 2016, when Sathan Xavier (Sunny Wayne) discovers that the mattress of currency notes that he has piled up for himself, might not feel that snug and comfy after all.

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Paappan seems to have been working on his combating skills in the meanwhile, and might just be on his way to a superhero status, shedding off the last bits of daftness in his demeanour. He hurls a police officer down a dam, and later on plays around with a couple of lighted explosives, one in each hand, which inexplicably refuse to blow up, until he has finished off his prolonged discourse.

As they say, when it comes to films as these, you better pull a blanket over your brains, and keep your mouth zipped up all the while. For queries of any sort..there’s the door. Logic, anyone? Are you crazy…absolutely not!! All right, performances? Come on…you got to be joking, man! Story perhaps? For Gawd’s sake…why don’t  you go home already? Fun, maybe? Okay…will grant you that one.

Unlike its first part, ‘Aadu 2’ does bring in those slight flashes of contemporary life in through those very subtle statements on current issues as the note ban. The intention of the film however, is to work on the possibilities of humour that underlie the subject, and it does so without much ado. There are a few random scenes here and there that are nothing short of hilarious, like the one where the police led by Sarbath Shameer(Vijay Babu), interrogate Pappan and his team, who are..well, steeped in mythology.

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Confessedly, am no admirer of the first part of the film, and this time, the greatest unfairness perhaps lies in the title. For a film that barely has a ten second long shot of a goat in a pen, and with not even a bleat of the poor creature ringing in ones ears, this film would have been much much better off titled anything but ‘Aadu 2’.

The comic pacing, the dialogues and the momentum from scene to scene are all reminiscent of the former film, and Shaan Rahman rattles on unstoppably through this melee. It’s a celebration of nothingness again, and through all the noise, clamour, hoots and wolf whistles, Paappan and his team vanish, perhaps to reappear a couple of years later, in another sequel.


Verdict: Mindless Mayhem Reloaded


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