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Kallayi FM  (2018)  (Malayalam)
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Kallayi FM Review

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Despite a reliable cast, this musical drama never manages to present a solid tale. The focus is solely on a legendary singer, ignoring the overall structure of the movie.
1.7 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts) Kallayi FM NOWRUNNING REVIEW | K. R. Rejeesh
Rating:  1.7/5
Nowrunning Critics: 1.7/5
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In "Kallayi FM", we're presented with recognizable plot elements but a lackadaisical effort from director Vineesh Millennium makes the film tedious than we expect. Cylone Bappu (Sreenivasan) is a diehard fan of singer Muhammed Rafi. He runs a community radio station at his house and no wonder, he always broadcast Rafi's evergreen hits.

While his son Rafi Muhammed (Sreenath Bhasi), a carefree youth, is against his craze for Rafi, his daughter Saira (Parvathy Ratheesh) and wife Jameela (Krishnaprabha) keep a balancing act at home. Things get complicated when Aju (Aneesh. G. Nair) tries to make a film on the life of Cylone Bappu.

It's Rafi's songs that pulsate throughout the flick. It would not be wrong if one considers it as a film that can be enjoyed by Rafi's fans. The characterisation of Sreenivasan is the sole thing that grabs our eyeballs. He effortlessly exudes the hope of a music lover and the desperation of a father. Some characters that surround Sreenivasan fail miserably with their unsuccessful one-liners.

What's most frustrating about the film is that the stage is so rapidly set for the celebration of Rafi and his songs instead of generating a solid screenplay. Right from the outset, it's evident that there's a problem with the filmmaker's script.

The first obvious hurdle this film faces is how to coalesce admiration for a great singer with the life story of Cylone Bappu. The musical treat is spread so delicately, leaving the plot construction wobbled. It's hardly intriguing at any point but ultimately exasperating.
Critic: K. R. Rejeesh
 1.7 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts) 1.7 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts)  

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