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Kalyanam  ( U ) (2018)  (Malayalam)
True to its tagline, actor Shravan Mukesh's debut movie is wrapped in trite elements. You may enjoy the occasional funny moments but the substance in this romantic tale is as puerile as the hero.
1.8 out of 5 (Average) Kalyanam NOWRUNNING REVIEW | K. R. Rejeesh
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The protagonist in this movie is a typical youth flattened by infatuation. So you can guess the trite romance that awaits you. It appears as inane and ineffective since the plot neither explores the romantic quotient of the characters well nor digresses from the stereotype treatment.

Directed by Rajesh Nair, the film marks the debut of actor Mukesh's son Shravan Mukesh, who has performed by showing full justice to the character Sarath, a timid youngster. As per the tale, the space of Sarath is constrained and his emotions are akin to the conventional lover. Sarath faces the dilemma of expressing his love for his childhood friend and neighbour Shari (Varsha). This sole conflict is persistent throughout the movie. Meanwhile, Varsha is mediocre in her depiction of the character.

Sarath's father Prabhakaran (Sreenivasan) is very lenient towards him albeit he loiters with his friends all-day long. Varsha's father Sahadevan Nair (Mukesh) has been presented as a shrewd personality. Interestingly, both these characters lack maturity and responsibility. Hareesh Kanaran's Avesh Kumar sprinkles funny moments here and there but the humour element is inconsistent.

When Rajesh Nair extensively dwells on the untold love of Sarath, it loses its sheen because the shoddy screenplay finds no way to extricate from the ridiculous events. Set in the 90's, the intention of the director is to showcase the limitations of blooming of romance at a time social media were not even in dreams. But why can't he take forward this romantic story in an effective manner instead of harping on the conflict of a shy hero? This is a puzzle as far as the film is concerned.

A tried and tested formula amplifies the downfall of "Kalyanam" as the movie progresses. Surprisingly, the tagline of the movie also confesses that it's a cliched love story.
Critic: K. R. Rejeesh
 1.8 out of 5 (Average) 1.8 out of 5 (Average)  

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