Oru Cinemakkaran (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


It seems to be raining title misfires and Leo Thaddeus’ latest film ‘Oru Cinemakkaran’ swiftly adds itself to the club. Granted that there is the incessant talk of being in films and that the principal character is a filmmaker aspirant, and yet ‘Oru Cinemakkaran’ is as much about cinema as fulsome has to do with being full.


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It seems to be raining title misfires and Leo Thaddeus’ latest film ‘Oru Cinemakkaran’ swiftly adds itself to the club. Granted that there is the incessant talk of being in films and that the principal character is a filmmaker aspirant, and yet ‘Oru Cinemakkaran’ is as much about cinema as fulsome has to do with being full.

Alby (Vineeth Sreenivasan) has his eyes set on showbiz and dreams of directing a film some day. When he ties the knot with his girl friend Sarah (Rejisha Vijayan), the couple all on a sudden, find themselves all alone in the world. Refusing to give up, they pull on, until something happens that throws their almost idyllic world into turmoil.

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Split into two halves, ‘Oru Cinemakkaran’ might strike you as two cinematic segments stuck in two separate compartments, with a common thread and a few characters running through. Tonally they remain as different as chalk and cheese, and gets progressively underwhelming as the running time draws to a close.

‘Oru Cinemakkaran’ starts off on a full-of-beans note, with an elaborate setting that involves Alby’s parents and a host of other characters. With some good humour thrown in, the sky looks blue and the boat all set for a peaceful sail. But then, it doesn’t take long for the clouds to start looming over and a thunder shower to hog the forecast.

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Thaddeus switches the thriller mode on, in the latter half of the film that sways it awfully hard. The hilarity that had made the former half passable now takes the back seat, and mystery and suspense is thrown in instead. The results are befuddling, and the entertainment graph line goes on a steady decline thereon.

That final twist that you have been awaiting for long at long last arrives, and if you had seen it coming all along, it would truly be a shame. This is in fact, the redeeming point in the film, and those of us who have already had the premonition should probably nudge and instruct ourselves not to be so divergent in our thoughts.

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Vineeth Sreenivasan fits the role of the aspiring film maker to the ‘T’, and plays it decently well.  Rejisha Vijayan should be realizing the hardcore truth that not every film or film maker would offer her an ‘Eli’ again, and Sarah is not even a pale shadow of her State award winning character in ‘Anuraga Karikkin Vellam’. Does anyone else have this uncanny feeling that Renji Panicker might soon turn out to be the most over-used dad in Mollywood?

Technically, the film presents a decent fare, if not anything exceptional, with Sudheer Surendran’s striking visuals and some remarkable editing by Ranjan Abraham. We have definitely seen and heard much better compositions from Bijibal, and here he comes up with a highly passable musical score, at best.

‘Oru Cinemakkaran’ is a film that could perhaps have been a lot funnier and lot more insightful. But as of now, it strikes us as patchy, and as a film that frantically struggles to get its tenor right.


Verdict: Average


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