Viji Thampi's 'Naadakame Ulakam' lives up to its name on several accounts. It pokes fun at the hyperbole that's often associated with theatre, but unintentionally slips into overstatements time and again.
Omanakuttan (Mukesh) has been leading an almost peaceful life with a job as a Bank manager, and with a happy family that comprises of his wife (Sarayu) and daughter. He loses no opportunity to pursue his interests as a dramatist and doesn't pay much attention to the rebukes of his father in law Lambodharan Pillai (Jagathy).
If only life remained as peaceful that forever. With the arrival of Pavanan Parassala (Suraj Venjarammoodu) who claims to be a hotshot director, Omanakuttan falls for the promise of artistic heaven. He takes the fatal step of producing a film, and in no time finds that he has lost the ground beneath him.
As in most of Viji Thampi's recent films, 'Nadakame Ulakam' suffers from a script that doesn't hold water for most of its part. The sequences in it are those that you have seen in umpteen films before, and the total lack of novelty is disappointing.
Surprisingly, the film even sounds similar to 'Best Actor' that has been released a few months back. Like in 'Best Actor, the hero of 'Nadakame Ulakam' too wants to be in films at any cost. He has a wife too, who simply adores him and would see to it that his wishes bear fruit. There is even a shot when the hero driving a scooter that looks like a scene that is perhaps a bit too inspired.
There is a side track that runs alongside, that tells a story of love. Omanakuttan's brother Murali (Vinu Mohan) cannot stand his sweetheart Nandana (Saranya Mohan) acting in a film. In his attempts to drag her back to his life, he sets the cart toppling down and ruins everything beyond repair.
I can almost hear you asking if there is something in the film that would make you laugh. It depends on several things. If seeing Suraj getting beaten up by everyone would induce laughter in you, you are at the right place. There is also Salim Kumar who after a couple of atrocious double entendres, gets trampled all over by suspicious wifey Sona Nair.
Mukesh along with Jagadeesh and Siddiq evoke memories of films a couple of decades back, when the trio starred in film after film, most of which had flimsy plots built around a bunch of jokes. In 'Ndakame Ulakam', nothing much has changed; the plot remains as fragile as ever. The jokes have degenerated even further.
The world of films is indeed like a drama stage, but with each passing year, the scripts have turned tattered and the theatrics have been reduced to worse from bad. 'Nadakame Ulakam' is just another addition to this never ending list of films that have made it to the theatres sans any definite reason or aim.