Ennalum Sarath Review
Here everything is in disarray right from the off. The noises are pointless and the events are zestless. "Ennalum Sarath" experiences all these drawbacks in an effort to include what is happening around us. "What to omit?" seems to be the dilemma.
Veteran filmmaker Balachandra Menon directs this feeble investigative drama about the death mystery of a teenage girl. Elizabeth, played by Nidhi Arun, is a college student, who is found dead in mysterious circumstances. Micky aka Michelle (Nithya Naresh) is shattered by the death of her roommate. She had a deep friendship with Elizabeth. Police suspect college music band teacher Dr Sam, essayed by Balachandra Menon, as one of the accused.
Sam's brother Tom (Lal Jose) also comes under investigation along with Elizabeth's friend Sarath (Charlie), who is missing now. The case is first investigated by police officer Sreekanth (Jude Antony Joseph). Later another police officer Lakshmi (Surabhi Lakshmi) takes forward the probe.
Balachandra Menon takes a potshot at the media and the newsroom debates while narrating the story. But these portions are highly amateurish and help only to mitigate the intensity of the murder mystery. Other elements that reduce the gravity of the plot are the portrayal of the police officer Sreekanth as a dimwit during the time of a murder investigation. He has been shown as a cop, who gets ideas for probe from his crime writer wife Malavika (Mareena Michael).
The director struggles to fix his focus on the core issue as he impatiently wants to cover a plethora of topics that have little relevance as far as the plot is concerned. The typical practical jokes from the seasoned writer-director nosedive into the depths of silliness.
The old-fashioned treatment does not prove to be fruitful as the twists have the effect of mediocrity. Nidhi and Nithya have performed in a commendable manner and other newcomers have passable roles. Balachandra Menon as Sam appears to be fragile and fails to provide the desired result. Surabhi Lakshmi is in a responsible role and she has done it neatly albeit lack of substance in the script overall affects the performances of actors.
"Ennalum Sarath" is a flavourless murder mystery investigation narrated sans any real focus on the plot. The filmmaker discusses a host of issues but the eloquence is ineffective and the ingredients are unimaginative.
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