Georgettan’s Pooram (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


‘Georgettan’s Pooram’ is a festive film that has its crackers bursting all over the place, hoping to enthuse its viewers with a glittery show of sound and colours. The show over, its blankness becomes way too apparent, and only the distant reverberations of the blasts and bangs and the pungent odour of the smoke remain.


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The greatest relief when it comes to K Biju’s ‘Georgettan’s Pooram’ is that it is infinitely better than Dileep’s recent cinematic outings as ‘Welcome to Central Jail’. That said, it still remains that this is a film that exactly trims itself to fit into the mould of the conventional Dileep entertainer, targeting precisely that populace, and that populace alone that made some of his yesteryear flicks blockbusters.

No points for guessing that ‘Georgettan’s Pooram’ is set in Thrissur, where a former Kabbaddi champion Mathai has donated some land to the public as a playground. Mathayi Parambu, as the site is popularly known, is frequented by George (Dileep) and his friends (Vinay Fort, Sharafudeen and Hareesh), who set up a Kabbaddi team under very peculiar circumstances.

‘Georgettan’s Pooram’ has a former half that is intended to be enjoyed on a lighter vein, while it shifts gears and turns into a more sober sports saga in the latter. Even this transformation is far from convincing, and the script goes bonkers, trying to draw in that much familiar feeling of elation, as the small fry eventually emerges the winner.

There is the very popular excuse of the viewers having to leave their brains back home before venturing out for a film as this. That done, the audience is still bound to wonder what has actually gone amiss in this film, since it has some of the funniest people in showbiz in it and yet isn’t half as funny as it is supposed to be.

The brains-back-home requirement also suggests that you brace yourself for some hip splitting laughter that is to ensue pretty soon. And here, ‘Georgettan’s Pooram’ thwarts your expectations royally, and barring a few odd occasions there is very little in it that would make you break out into uncontainable giggle fits.

It also seems at times that the sport element has been forcibly inserted into the screenplay, almost as if as an afterthought. The climax, as predictable as it is, also remains far from electrifying, and it ends as you had specifically expected it to, and all that is left is a vague sense of familiarity and plain obviousness that refuses to go away.

Dileep sports a chic look in the film, but barely moves beyond what he has already done in several former movie of his, and what comes as a shocker is the fact that the actor despite being an amazing mimicry artiste is not able to bring in some authenticity to his Thrissur slang. There are even instances when it sounds tremendously strained.

The biggest fall of all is perhaps for Rejisha Vijayan, who drops down to an unbelievably underwritten role from her dream debut in ‘Anuraga Karikkin Vellam’. She has absolutely no business being here in this all too hero centric film; certainly not after we got to see what she’s capable of in her first film.

‘Georgettan’s Pooram’ is a festive film that has its crackers bursting all over the place, hoping to enthuse its viewers with a glittery show of sound and colours. The show over, its blankness becomes way too apparent, and only the distant reverberations of the blasts and bangs and the pungent odour of the smoke remain.


Verdict: Strictly Fan Material


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