Village Guys Malayalam Movie Review
My first outing at the movies this year has taken off with on a real shaky note. 'Village Guys' directed by Shan is a film that does not by any scale look like a fine start, and is a sloppy attempt at film making that could be disregarded without much of a thought.
The film tells the story of four young men, Achayan, Sudhi, Anwar and Yadhu, who have been at the villagers' backs for a while now, with their bothersome antics. When Sudhi returns to the village with a girl in tow trouble starts brewing in their paradise, and the four friends are forced to take a few firm decisions on their own.
There is not much of a story for the 'Village Guys' to tell, hence its efforts to make up for this very palpable liability shows pretty bad. What do you do when you aren't sure as to what you want to tell and even worse, how you want to tell it?!
The film deserves a total thumbs down for the frivolous script and the technicalities are surprisingly quite mediocre as well. If you find a moment in it that would make you want to break into an applause, consider yourself lucky, but it's very unlikely that you will find such an instant.
Someone murmured on their way out of the halls as to what the film maker's intention must have been when he set out to craft a movie as this. That question would remain a mystery for sure, but you can't really blame the guy for voicing his doubts though.
The haphazard thoughts that make up the movie fail to make an impression on the viewer and the flow of thoughts too is often incoherent. 'Village Guys' is one of those movies that disinterest you in no time, and with nothing left to do, you end up twiddling your thumbs, waiting for the end credits to start rolling.
It remains however that films like these will continue to be made, and some of them will make their way to the theatres as well. Some hapless viewer or the other will end up watching it, and all the while wondering as to what this disastrous thunderbolt was that had suddenly decided to fall over their heads.
I did try hard to identify a fact or two that had caught my fancy in the film, and when the results showed up nil, the verdict was pretty obvious. It's impossible to develop a liking for these village men, however lenient a film viewer you might be.
Of the performances, I liked two - that of Nirmal Jaic's and Haneesh Khani's - and provided they find themselves the right projects, they could evolve into accomplished young actors. Nakshatra provides some much needed charm to the otherwise drab proceedings, but does not impress much with her histrionic skills.
I'd go ahead with a star and a half for this downer of a film that poured water over my enthusiasm at New Year. These guys are unlikely to stay around for more than a week; in fact if my instincts are right, they should already be on their way out of the theatres.