Simplicity is the hallmark of R. Sarath's films. This is pretty evident from his award-winning debut film "Sayahnam". If he dealt with a social issue in "Seelabathi", in "Budhanum Chaplinum Chirikkunnu," he guides us to the inner conflicts of the protagonist.
2 out of 5 (Average)
| K. R. Rejeesh (NOWRUNNING)
Generally, simplicity is the hallmark of R. Sarath's films. This is pretty evident from his award-winning debut film "Sayahnam". If he dealt with a social issue in "Seelabathi", in "Budhanum Chaplinum Chirikkunnu," he guides us to the inner conflicts of the protagonist.
Actor Indragupthan (Indrans) is a leading comedian in the film industry. He lives peacefully along with his daughter and actress-wife Indulekha (Praveena).
Despite having all fortunes, Indragupthan is living in the past, so often wistfully recalls his grandfather and ancestors. His role as Chaplin in films enthrals people, but he is fed up with donning typical comedian in films. The actor in him longs for a serious character.
Once he receives a letter from his father, who wants to meet him. He also eagerly waits to meet his father, who deserted his family when he was a boy. Indragupthan's journey to meet his father and the following events form the climax.
Director Sarath doesn't belong to the ilk of so called art-house filmmakers, who so often deliberately apply lag or silence by taking a cue from pioneers. His critically acclaimed films are simple and easily make a rapport with the viewers. Meanwhile, a filmmaker's inability to narrate the story with the intensity it demands is apparent in some of his films. "Budhanum Chaplinum Chirikkunnu" is also a typical instance of Sarath's slipshod attempt especially in script.
The first half shows the actor's family, and the events in school will bring smile on your faces. The plot flounders in the later half and the inclusion of song, composed by singer G Venugopal, appears to be a misfit. The climax scene will leave the audience panting for more.
Artificial scenes and peripheral narration in the film gradually sever the ties between the film and the film buff. Though it offers a promising progress, it peters out as an average movie.
The sermon of the need for keeping our relations in tact while we hanker after social media has appeared oodles of times in recent films. Don't understand why our filmmakers are trying to include such a platitude always.
The presence of Indrans gives freshness to the film. Once again he performs well in a lead role. The potential of this actor is yet to be explored by Malayalam Cinema. Sajan Kalathil's visuals and Isaac Thomas Kottukappally's background score are commendable.
Critic: K. R. Rejeesh
2 out of 5 (Average)
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