Suresh Gopi is seen as both a police officer and an underworld don in
Viji Thampy's directorial venture "Bada Dost". Phrases like
'suspension of disbelief' and 'leap of faith' reverberate when you see
villains flying and falling half a mile away on getting strong punches
from the hero in the film.
Apart from that, there are dialogues sprinkled with quotes from religious
texts -- for instance the hero says that he is an avatar sent to the
earth to vanquish the evildoers.
In other words, this is a run-of-the-mill Suresh Gopi film. The director
does not try to experiment much here, just tweaking the formula stuff
here and there to claim originality of plot -- an honest cop bogged
down by the system in his fight against an underworld don who has spread
his tentacles over the city of Kochi. Unable to do much about it, the
cop joins hands with the don.
The film revolves around Daya Shankar (Suresh Gopi), an upright cop,
and Geevarghese alias G.V. (Siddique), who is a baddie.
After several confrontations between Daya Shankar and G.V., matters
come to such a boil that G.V. attacks Daya Shankar's family. He kills
his mute younger brother Nandu (Manikuttan) and makes his wife (Jyothirmayi)
Then, G.V. offers his
hand of friendship (thereby conferring on our hero the title of Bada
Dost) and the good cop accepts it after resigning from his job.
No, no there is no scheme for revenge or any such thing, of which the
audience is aware. That is revealed much later in the film.
The story is narrated in flashback by the Bada Dost -- who has now
become a Good Samaritan by starting orphanages, hospitals and homes
for the destitute -- to police commissioner Zakir Ali (Manoj K. Jayan)
who thinks Bada Dost is still involved in illegal activities.
The rigmarole continues till what seems like eternity with twists and
turns that we lose count of.
If we have to look for interesting things in this film, they will be
hard to find. But, on second thoughts, we can say that the three different
get-ups of Siddique, who is also the film's producer, are quite amusing.
A wannabe Kamal Haasan?
Despite the makeup tricks, however, the film remains trite fare.