Cinema that tells the story of cinema and the people who slog behind it are being churned out by the dozen these days. We know that the kind of effort that is being pumped into the entertainment industry is quite tremendous, but an over emphasis of the point does mar things. Like it does, in the film 'Scene Onnu, Nammude Veedu'.
Ottappalam Unni (Lal) is an associate director who hopes to direct a film of his own some day. He has a more than supportive family, comprising of his wife Manju (Navya Nair) and his son, who have been waiting for a long while to see his dream come true. Setbacks and pitfalls make Unni's life miserable and he even contemplates abandoning his dreams and moving abroad in search of a job. But Manju insists that he stay back and pursue what he has always hoped to achieve.
We saw an actor with an insatiable thirst for acting, who roams from pillar to post, hunting for a role in a film in 'Best Actor'. We even saw a freelance photographer turning into a hero in 'Josettante Hero'. A bunch of youngsters hoping to make it big in cinema, achieved what they had set out for in 'Cinema Company'. And all these we had seen in the last few years.
It's all pretty much the same in 'Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu', as well, and it's this routineness that makes it uninteresting. 'Best Actor' has the very same supporting wife and son whom we see in 'Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu'. 'Josettante Hero' had the very same superstar whom we see in 'Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu'.
I wasn't much keyed up at all, seeing the events unfurl on screen, because right from the start, this one is a predictable film, with each scene appearing a bit too familiar to us. The happenings never surprise us, and there is no excitement in store either.
The small circle of friends that the hero has in a scenario as this has in itself become a cliche, and here the trio comprising of Harisree Ashokan, Sudheesh and Kalabhavan Shajon aren't able to cook up anything special. As is customary, they eat, booze and generally create plenty of noise, making us want to drive them out in no time.
The messiahs that arrive at the right time to salvage the film are also there in 'Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu'. In fact, now that we look back at it, this genre of films have themselves created a set of chestnut characters who would be around, just like the least likely individual and the usual suspects are placed in the plot of a crime thriller.
Performances are pretty much fine, though Lal's muffled voice made it impossible to decipher some of his dialogues. Navya Nair has always been a remarkable actress, and she hasn't lost any of her skills post marriage and motherhood. Asif Ali and Shritha appear in cameos which are nothing spectacular.
We do realize that it isn't easy to make a film. We also realize that every film has a story of struggles, hardships and endurement to tell. We realize that so much of sweat has been shed as well, but what we also hope for is for all these endeavors to start off from a solid script that would see to it that the efforts are not made in vain. Like they have ended up in 'Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu'.