Shafi's new film Makeup Man picks a much familiar theme and attempts to add some sparkle to it by unleashing Suraj Venjarammoodu and letting him run amuck all over it. Barring the odd couple of moments that induce chuckles, there is not much to go ga-ga over Makeup Man.
The film has an odd couple, Balu (Jayaram) and Soorya (Sheela), who get married and then realize that they have nowhere to go to start a life. As luck would have it, Soorya becomes an actress, and gets christened as Anamika, while Balu pretends to be her makeup man. Fame and money decide to play poker with the two, and not much later, they part ways.
Perhaps you have got the feeling already that you have been there and seen it all. And in all probability, your thoughts might be right. The makers could have had similar feelings as well, and therefore Kichu Manjaly (Suraj Venjarammoodu), the production executive walks in to perk up the affairs. To what extent he does, is the big question.
The world of films that Makeup Man throws open before you, is quite chaotic. And the world outside it is even more confused. Anything and everything happens here, and it seems that logic has just gone for a walk and wouldn't be back for a while.
When the objective is to make you laugh, they would indeed stoop to conquer. At times, they stoop a bit too low though, and the dialogues turn out to be downright offensive. The excuse perhaps is that it's a goofball movie, but there are no two ways about the fact, that those bits should have been trimmed right out.
The climax is where the film falters big time, and the court scene which goes on and on, isn't easy viewing material. There is an alarmingly high number of lowbrow moments here that lets the film just drift away from the viewers. The script very rarely runs deep, and the characters and the situations are jumbled up further with each passing minute.
Makeup Man offers Jayaram the actor, nothing new and this is the Jayaram whom we have seen in quite a lot of films before. Sheela delivers a convincing performance and so does Siddiq. Kunchacko Boban and Prithviraj are around as well, in cameos. And what does one say about Suraj Venjarammoodu? He cackles about like a mother hen that has just seen a rattle snake, and there is no end to the cacophony that ensues. Phew!
Makeup Man is a film that wants to be prickly and sparkling, but unfortunately it never reaches that level. There is a whole lot in it that is contrived and strangely starchy instead. And the situations have sitcom written all over them that makes it the kind of movie that has its individual funny moments but that do not however make up a pretty picture.