The best thing about 'Karinkannan' is that it brings to light the acting prowess of Saju Navodaya. The bland features of this movie are ironical to Saju's portrayal of Dasan. The agony of a youth for being labelled as bad omen is evidently a shame for the modern society. Even the story penned by K. Satheesh Babu is incongruous to this period as you might have experienced various such versions before. Thabu Ghosh writes the screenplay, which has all the characteristics of incompetency, and the characters have been placed in accordance with a specific format.
Pappan Narippatta, who helms the film, conceives the scenes sans defining their visual possibilities at any point to give a different feel. Dasan is born in a family where men are considered as bad omen (karinkannans) as their gaze or angry remarks would bring harm to others. Dasan curses his birth in the family quite often when his wife Malavika (Sreeja Das) starts to blame him for being excluded by the villagers.
The dilemma of Dasan worsens when he incidentally locks horns with the rich youth in the village, Mahesh (Niyaz), son of doctor Nirmala (KR Vijaya). Dasan's mother, played by Seema. G. Nair, is the sole solace for him. But once, his wife realizes his virtuous mind. A neighbour with prying eyes is always snooping on Dasan and when it becomes repetitive at the expense of humour, the vacuum in the tale is exposed. The pregnancy period of Malavika is shown in such a crude manner that the inane sequences hardly stand close to reality.
Targeting a youth in the name of superstition is a vilify act by the villagers but the makers have tried in vain to extricate the humour in it. There is little scope for improvement with the additional shoddy performances by the actors. Albeit Saju Navodaya as Dasan gleefully grabs the opportunity for the first time in a title role, the silly and tepid storyline mars the protagonist's efforts. The purpose of the villainy by Niyaz in the critical moment of the movie is less convincing.
Vijayaraghavan appears in a brief role as Dasan's father and he fulfils it with an impact. On the technical front, it's hard to identify the areas that leave an impression. Primarily, it appears to be a riveting thread, but while you experience it, you hesitate to imbibe the tale largely due to the pervading disbelief of such a concept.
Progressing in predictable lines, 'Karinkannan' is an outdated concept soaked in nasty humour that makes one frown upon it considering the director's aimless execution. The theme of alienating a man in the name of such a queer superstition finds hard to get its foothold right and it arouses a sort of disgust altogether.
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