by Lal Jose is the story of a transvestite who is a man with a woman's mannerisms,
a fresh theme not attempted before.
Radha Krishnan alias Radha is brought
up like a girl by his grandmother ( Sukumari) who wanted a granddaughter. Radha
grows up with the typical mannerisms, behavior and emotions of a girl. He keeps
company with girls and is into dancing and singing. He
keeps away from boys and is the ridicule of all and sundry. His best friend is
Maalu (Gopika). Komban Kumaran (Indrajeet)
a local moneylender has an eye for Malu.
When Radha was young, his father
Sukumaran (Lal) kills a man, who happens to be Kumaran's father, and
is jailed. He comes back from jail after 12 years and is shocked to see his son
like this. Meanwhile Radha Krishnan and Maalu fall for each other and this irks
Kumaran who already had the vengeance for the death of his father in his mind.
a time when the fisherman in the village could not get enough fish from
the sea. People began to starve and then Kumaran with the help of Maalu's
father (Rajan.P.Dev), an astrologer made everyone believe that Radhakrishnan,
being a man woman was the cause of the problem. To prove himself Radha
sets out to the sea to catch fish. Kumaran and his cronies beats him
up and leave him to die in the sea.
But as luck would have it, Freddie(
Biju Menon) another fisherman saves him and takes him to his place in Goa. He
becomes like a family member to Freddie and his sister Rosie (Bhavana) and they
try to make a man out of him. Find out what happens to Radha and Malu...
The theme is new and is packaged well
by the director. The story is an adaptation in part, of a play written by Benny
.P. Nayarambalam and directed by Rajan P. Dev. The narration is witty. But the screen play falters
at times especially in the second half where the theme completely takes a turn
with new characters and locale. Camera work by Azagappan is brilliant, capturing
beautiful shots of the sea. Music by Vidyasagar is no big deal.
In the acting department, Dileep has portrayed
his character wonderfully. In fact it is his acting that carries the movie. The
mannerisms of the man woman is kept intact through out the film. Lal and
Indrajeet give adequate support. Bhavana, Gopika and Biju Menon are okay.
Overall the film is watchable mainly
for Dileep's acting and wit.