Malayalam superstar Mammootty's offering for his fans this Onam -"Bhargavacharitham
Moonam Khandam" -, is a rip-off of Hollywood flick "Analyze
This". Directed by Joemon, the film is co-written by Sreenivasan,
who has also played a significant role in the film.
This is yet another attempt by Mammootty to succeed in comedy, but
it leaves us dissatisfied.
The story revolves around a notorious criminal 'Current Bhargavan'
(Mammootty), who has lost the confidence to pick up a gun or resort
to any kind of violence.
So, he seeks the help of a renowned psychiatrist Dr. Shantharam (Sreenivasan).
The film is about what follows. This tangled tale may look good on paper,
but its execution leaves audiences' hopes punctured.
The main fault lies with director Joemon, who does nothing inventive
with the characters and the viewers end up bearing with a stylishly
dressed Mammootty showing off fancy caps.
The ever-sarcastic Sreenivasan lampoons the psychiatric profession
in his repetitive style. Sample this dialogue: "For a psychiatrist,
everybody is mad."
The film is strewn with
many such dialogues that succeed in inducing forced chuckles only and
not a good full-throated laughter.
Coming back to the story, it is futile to seek plausibility in such
plots but there are a few situations that jar in-spite of our low expectations.
Bhargavan is infamous for his marijuana cultivations in the forest
land of Kerala and is suspected to have abducted and killed an honest
officer of the narcotics department, but still he roams freely around.
The other characters in the film just make fleeting appearances. Rahman
as one of the officers of narcotics department and would be brother-in-law
of Sreenivasan makes his presence felt. But Sai Kumar as Rahman's chief
and Bhargavan go overboard.
It seems that Sreenivasan tried to repeat the success of "Udayananu
Tharam" but it backfired. A more realistic plot might have worked
This Onam will be lacklustre for Mammootty fans.