Driving Licence Malayalam Movie Review

Feature Film | U | Drama | 2h 15min
Admiration turns hostility when a superstar insults his hardcore fan, who is a Motor Vehicle Inspector, at his office. The clash of egos reaches its pinnacle when the actor turns up for driving test. The film has a never-seen-before riveting milieu but the execution is far from perfection.
Dec 21, 2019 By K. R. Rejeesh

It's about the clash of egos with a bureaucrat and a tinsel star owning either side. Writer Sachy demonstrates his temperament in exposing the complex and self-centred demeanours of two people in 'Driving Licence'. The Jean Paul Lal (Lal Jr.)-directed movie shows how influence in society and power of position can be manoeuvred for personal gains. The stand-off between two characters forms the conflict of the tale, and it also becomes the limitation of the plot as the events are confined to the issue of getting a driving licence.

Suraj Venjaramoodu plays Motor Vehicle Inspector Kuruvila, who is a hardcore fan of superstar Hareendran, essayed by Prithviraj Sukumaran. Kuruvila and his son are eagerly awaiting a meeting with Hareendran while his vanity-loving wife Elsa (Miya George) seldom shows her interest in it. Hareendran is planning to go to the US for his wife's (Deepti Sati) treatment but his new film's producer (Lalu Alex) is adamant that he should complete the climax portions of the film prior to his journey.

The conflict begins when Hareendran, who has a passion for driving, is asked by the producer to submit his driving licence for getting permission from authorities for shooting in a sensitive location. As he could not retrieve his licence, Hareendran approaches the RTO office where Kuruvila is working to get the licence through backdoor. Politician Johny Peringodan (Saiju Kurup), who is a friend of the actor, arranges everything but on the decisive day things become topsy-turvy.

'Driving Licence' focuses on these two characters, who engage in a tug-of-war for their pride and self-esteem. It's riveting to see how an ardent fan of an actor suddenly becomes his enemy. Bhadran, the rival actor of Hareendran in the industry, is enacted by Suresh Krishna) and he involves in a few humorous sequences. Prithviraj lends real life to the protagonist with an elegant appearance and expressions.

Suraj hogs the limelight as he carries the emotional conflict. His helplessness as a government servant relates well with the viewers. Lal Jr.'s film would have become a smart attempt if the screenplay had got some more grip and focus. It's also panting for an austerity in the dramatic presentation.

Peace eludes as long as the two men decide that it's an eye for an eye. The cameo by Salimkumar is ineffective in the events that become predictable once the plot roams around the annoyed men.

K. R. Rejeesh