For those who have seen good fantasy films, 'Ee Pattanathil Bhootham' won't come up to scratch. The film is not likely to impress Mammootty fans either.
| Thomas T
'Ee Pattanathil Bhootham' tells about what happens when a genie, trapped in a bottle by a sorcerer, is set free by a group of kids (who have for company some grown-ups who too behave rather like kids!). The genie tells them that he is bound to obey their every command and would take any shape they desire him to take.
The group belongs to a circus. They are treated very cruelly for being allegedly involved in the murder of Philippose (Janardhanan), the circus owner. They ask the genie to take the shape of Jimmy (Mammootty), who is now in jail after being falsely implicated in the murder and sentenced to life. The genie takes the form of Jimmy, but remains invisible except to the kids and Krishnan (Innocent) and Sisupalan (Suraaj Venjaramoodu).
In the meantime Ancy (Kavya Madhavan), Philippose's daughter, takes charge of things. The circus MD Robin (Suresh Krishna) and PRO Ramanathan (Sphadikom George) convince her that Jimmy was indeed the one who murdered her father, and that Krishnan, Sisupalan and the kids too were involved. The persecution continues. The genie then steps in and the story takes off from there.
There's nothing wrong with the story. But had the focus been on making it into a fantasy film, it probably would have worked out better. The way it is, the film is average stuff, with nothing much to be said either about the acting or about the technical aspects. The songs too are unimpressive. Mammootty is neither bad nor good. The director and the script writer should have worked more on the characters and on incidents, because that's what adds meat to a film like this.
The comedy aspect too doesn't work out well; Suraaj and co don't impress much. Kavya's presence is rarely felt. The only bit of impressive acting comes from Thilakan who does a cameo role in the opening reel, reminding one of Kottarakara Sreedharan Nair in 'My Dear Kuttichathan'.
For those who have seen good fantasy films, 'Ee Pattanathil Bhootham' won't come up to scratch. The film is not likely to impress Mammootty fans either. As a matter of fact, it won't make a dent even as a children's movie. Kids now have much better stuff to watch. 'Ee Pattanathil Bhootham' looks like a kids' movie made in the 1980's or early 1990's, and that won't fetch much in today's market.
Critic: Thomas T
2 out of 5 (Average)
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