King Liar Malayalam Movie Review
'King Liar' takes upon itself the massive responsibility of living up to the much adored Siddique-Lal tag, but lacks the vigour, comedy and reason that we still remember the director-duo's comedy cult classic films for. Devoid of any real droll observations, 'King Liar' employs a script that remains content with offering us an occasional chuckle or two.
Satyanarayanan (Dileep) has unfortunately evolved into an obsessive compulsive liar, ever since an untoward incident during his boyhood had ended up in his being expelled from school. He pretends to be a hi-fi business magnate before Anjali (Madonna Sebastian)m whom he has been incessantly wooing for a while. A highly sceptical Anjali however does not give in to his charms, until he convinces her that he is pally with none other than Anand Verma (Lal), the fashion mogul.
Anand meanwhile has his own battles to fight, and hires Satyanarayanan to win back his wife Devika Verma (Asha Sharath), with whom he's on the brink of estrangement. Off Satyanarayanan flies to Dubai where Devika Verma is, with his aide Antappan (Balu Varghese) in tow, with hopes of making Devika Verma see some sense.
While 'King Liar' has a strictly watchable former half, courtesy a few harmless laughs that Satyanarayanan and Antappan cook up, the film plunges into a chaotic latter half that throws in plenty of kookiness that isn't very easy to handle. The laughter quotient that was to make the move work touches an all time low as well, much to viewer's chagrin.
While it remains that there isn't anything wrong in adopting cinematic liberties, it will still remain a bit too farfetched to have a beauty pageant where the two final contestants get to answer questions, the answers of which will make their mentors forget their differences and hug and make up once and for all.
And this is not just it, 'King Liar' is replete with any number of similar incidents that are robbed of logic and reason. Its indeed forgivable had the film been able to substitute it with mindless mirth, but 'King Liar' that runs for almost one hundred and sixty minutes does not have much to offer in that regard either, except for the sporadic hilarity on show.
There are also the attempts to deliberately tickle your rib bones, some of which turn out to be quite vexing. The instance when Satyaranayan and Antappan converse over the phone is one such, when Antappan mishears almost every utterance at the other side, and after a while, the scene denigrates from dull to plain dry.
Dileep is at his crazy best in 'King Liar' and screams, scowls and guffaws his way around as the man with a penchant for lying. While his performance comes as no surprise, Madonna Sebastian as the apprehensive Anjali delivers a mind-blowing feat, and an astounding one with 'King Liar' being her second film. Lal and Asha Sharath play the fashion tycoons to perfection, and Balu Varghese as the foul mouthed Antappandoes bring the house down on a couple of occasions at least.
'King Liar' isn't a patch on those delightful Siddique-Lal films of yore, and you are still likely to be disappointed with this flick, even if you haven't got your expectations all up about it. And if given a choice, I would gladly spend the weekend watching a re-run of 'Godfather' or 'Ramji Rao Speaking' than squandering away my time over this liar and his inconsequential lies.