Pakida Malayalam Movie Review
In 'Pakida' Sunik Kariyattukara does move by leaps and bounds beyond his former film, and yet remains several notches below what is required to churn out a rousing entertainer. Which is why 'Pakida' keep you content, only in parts.
'Pakida' starts off with Aadhi (Asif Ali) and his gang of pals who make do with some petty jobs in a hot and happening city somewhere in Kerala. It's all merry making and life is pretty good, until one of Aadhi's friends has an accident that leaves the group aghast.
In a desperate move to make some quick money, Aadhi decides to sell his car, and along makes an appearance guy named George Koshy Anthraper, who however puts forward a very special stipulation if h is to buy the car. Aadhi agrees to the weirdo condition, and what ensues as a result is what 'Pakida' is all about.
It goes without saying that 'Pakida' aspires to be more than just an average thriller, and the efforts at times, are quite visible. But sometimes, the efforts aren't merely enough, and the dice ends up all wrong on the board.
It's the script that plays the killjoy here, and it takes in much, much more that it can actually chew. As the mystery that looms large over the film clears up, there is this lagging feel in your mind, as to how it could have been infinitely better a film.
The length of the film serves as a wet blanket as well, and 'Pakida' could be quite easily trimmed further. Sadly, songs in a film as this look and sound out-of-place, and you end up with a groan when you have to sit through one. Gone are those days when the songs used to be customary, and it's astounding that film makers still believe that they add to the entertainment value in wannabe thriller films as these.
Of the actors, Biju Menon towers over the rest of the cast with a knockout performance, and the actor emphasizes yet again, that he does have the potential to rise over even underwritten parts. He is immensely good, while young actors as Asif Ali, Aju Varghese and Shine Thomas Chacko impress with keen performances as well.
The real performer in 'Pakida' is however not an actor. Its Bijibal, who has come up with a stupendous background score that strikes the right chords with the audience. It's amazing to see the score striving hard to pull up the film, even on occasions when the script has tremendously let it down. Sameer Haq with his no-nonsense cinematography makes certain that the frames are top-notch.
'Pakida' could pass off as a watchable thriller if you are in a real relenting mood, all eager to appreciate the endeavor that has attempted to tell the story of a game that turns all somber. Else, it would remain yet another of those innumerable films that had starry aspirations in mind, and yet which fell short of them by almost a mile.