Margamkali Malayalam Movie Review
Beginning with an interesting note accompanied by a unique voice over, the excitement is limitless here. 'Margamkali' is intriguing at this stage, arising the expectations at its best. It necessarily touches the emotions of relationship, love, and friendship in right proportion initially. As it progresses, the question of sustaining the momentum with a dedicated screenplay is seemingly an onerous task. The vital essence of creativity and imagination gradually dwindles from the movie, which, later, turns out to be an ordinary and mindless creation.
Sachidanandan aka Sachi, played by Bibin George, has been adept at writing love letters since his childhood. Once, his friend Unni (Hareesh Kanaran) approaches him for help in his one-sided romance with a girl. Sachi telephones the girl as a stranger but accidentally it leads him to meet Urmila (Namitha Pramod), who falls for him. But Sachi wants to escape from the relationship as he is still haunted by the memories of his old beloved Jessy (Gouri G Kishan), daughter of Antappan (Baiju Santhosh).
Bibin shows the passion to lend originality to the character that has inconsistent demeanor. Namitha gets enough room to spruce up her performance and she accomplishes it to an extent. The songs (one is very melodious) are conceived in a rather conventional style by cinematographer-turned-director Sreejith Vijayan. Cinematographer Arvind Krishna has given a few appealing frames.
The blend of humour and family sentiments goes awry in Sreejith's second directorial purely due to lack of a sensible script. The template of 'Margamkali' is infested with inane jokes, and some of them are repetitive enough to take the sheen off the tale. The followed pattern by scenarist Sasankan Mayyanad is quite similar to the slapstick comedies of the late 90s. With the support of the dialogues penned by Bibin George, the theme of a mistaken hero and his efforts to convince his beloved sound as old as the hills.
The overdone family drama that centers around Sachidanandan's parents Ramanan Nair (Siddique) and Chandrika (Shanti Krishna) and the ploy embraced in the climax are highly farfetched. Ramanan Nair has been at odds with his wife for the last 20 years for an emotional reason. Siddique's character gives you laughing moments initially but the way he advises his son lands you in a dilemma: to laugh at or evoke pity for the imagination by the writer? The dilemma being faced by Sachidanandan is hyperbolic by all means, so your genuine feelings prefer to shy away from the brink of emotion.
It's a tiring package of insincere acts played by a youth to evade from a girl's romance. The drama as well as the humour is senseless in 'Margamkali', giving ample hints that it's wholly a botched attempt. On the acting-front, Baiju pleases the audience even as Dharmajan (Bilal) succeeds in parts.
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