Aanakallan Review

Before falling into the depths of aimless events, 'Aanakkallan' creates the premise of a murder mystery. Biju Menon as thief Pavithran fails to whet your enthusiasm in this lukewarm drama that has a mix of outdated narrative elements. The highly primitive concept and clumsy writing makes matters worse.


The nub of the plot itself is undoubtedly ridiculous when you start to watch 'Aanakkallan.' The sensibilities of the present audience are conveniently ignored by its creators while they unabashedly present an illogic tale sans any basic homework. Udaykrishna, the scriptwriter, revives the format of his earlier creative endeavors with scant regard to reasoning. Not surprisingly, the curiosity remains solely in the title. If you expect Biju Menon, as the protagonist, to provide relief as a performer, wait till you get a shade of it in the second half.


In his second outing, director Suresh Divakar of 'Ivan Maryadaraman' fame has conceived 'Aanakkallan' as a thriller drama. Except for the initial hullaballoo, the rest is an ordinary drama with a smidge of mundane fun. The film opens with the finding of a skeleton in the cell of Anandapuram Palace during its renovation. DYSP Esthappan (Siddique) starts the probe and he seeks the help of a prisoner, Pavithran, played by Biju Menon.


Pavithran was arrested during a robbery in the palace three years ago. And now Esthappan thinks Pavithran could give the police a lead in solving the mystery behind the skeleton. So, he takes him out in parole for one month and keeps him in his wife Nancy's (Sarayu) house in the guise of his rich friend. Next, you witness senseless events in the house of Thomachan (Saikumar). There are Dharmajan Bolghatty as the mahout, Sudheer Karamana as Goonda Kora and Hareesh Kanaran as Esho in the house.


The purpose of Pavithran's stay in that house along with Esthappan's wife's family is a real digression from the purpose of the film. As you expect, Pavithran tries to woo Nancy's sister Rosy (Shamna Kasim) and enters antagonist Surya Narayanan (Bala). Only in the second half, the director could take your attention to a few relevant scenes through the performances of Biju and Anusree, who plays Pavithran's wife Neelima. Suraj as Ramu creates curiosity for some time but the character Anirudhan (Kailash) is predictable.


The flashback portion is a significant relief from the illogic sequences in the first half as Pavithran's real problems are revealed in it. Except in the latter half, Biju Menon's presence has very little effect in the frivolous tale, which is highly primitive. The clumsy writing ensures that your anticipation about the inevitable climax never goes awry.


Before falling into the depths of aimless events, the film creates the premise of a murder mystery. Thief Pavithran fails to whet your enthusiasm in this lukewarm drama that has a mix of outdated narrative elements.


Technically, 'Anakkallan' is a huge disappointment; be the music by Nadirshah or the visuals by Alby. Bijibal is in charge of the background score, which is also not up to snuff.

Before falling into the depths of aimless events, 'Aanakkallan' creates the premise of a murder mystery. Biju Menon as thief Pavithran fails to whet your enthusiasm in this lukewarm drama that has a mix of outdated narrative elements. The highly primitive concept and clumsy writing makes matters worse. (1.8) - K. R. Rejeesh


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