Oru Korean Padam Malayalam Movie
The travails and tribulations that a budding film maker goes through and the anxiety that precedes his first release ever are all effectively portrayed in Sujith S Nair's 'Oru Korean Padam'. However, apart from all this there is little left in it that would want you to give it the thumbs up.
Kishore (Maqbool Salman) works as an assistant director and dreams of making its big someday in showbiz. A chance encounter with Eva (Mithra Kurien) changes his life forever and the man falls in love. When a worn out script writer (Nandu) approaches him with a promising script, Kishore manages to woo a producer (Vinod Jose) and directs his debut film. His film turns out to be a bumper hit, but the jubilations do not last long. Advocate Prakash Mathew (M A Nishad) comes knocking on his door, with a Korean director in two, alleging that Kishore's film is a frame to frame copy of a Korean film.
With an interesting premise as this 'Oru Korean Padam' might sound like a promising film on screen, but unfortunately it's not. With a first half moving ahead at a snail's pace, the film is a disappointment at multiple levels, ranging from a shaky script that shows no traces of sense whatsoever to a narrative that looks patchy and downright inconsistent.
For one, the romantic tale that is built up at leisure lacks the one ingredient that could have made it all the more engaging - romance itself. The initial sequences in particular are embarrassing, and one wonders what it is that drive film makers forward to bank on obsolete ideas as these, that neither impress nor leave us electrified.
There are a few guest appearances in the film that astonish you, not on account of their performances, but by the mere fact that they are there. Directors Lijo Jose Pellissery and Diphan are around in a club song, that will make you want to race towards the exit door. And there is Vava Suresh in a cameo, who leaves you totally aghast at the way in which he has been brought into the story line.
It's funny that the film producer makes it loud and clear that he is not too much into the new gen kinda film making that heavily draws on obscenity to rake in some applause. However, this film does not abstain from the supposedly obscene stuff either, though debatedly obscenity as such would always remain relative.
The premise that the film dwells on - plagiarism - is probably a bit too relevant in today's times when almost every other film is accused of being lifted from a foreign source. It's regrettable that this theme never builds up beyond a starting point in 'Oru Korean Padam' and soon degenerates into a tale of pointless bargaining that wholly lets you down.
Maqbool Salman is strictly fine when it comes to his performance, and Mithra Kurien makes do with whatever little she has been offered in the plot. Vinod Jose goes totally overboard this time with a way over the top feat, while Sunil Sukhada is adequate. The actor who performs as the Korean director is the one however who leaves a whole lot to be desired.
Sometimes it simply isn't enough that there is plenty of good will behind the making of a film. When the soul goes missing as it does in 'Oru Korean Padam', everything is lost. And the film is bound to sink without a trace.