Bada Dosth Review
The Viji Thambi-directed Suresh Gopi-starrer Beda Dosth opens with some amount of applause but ends with quite a bit of booing.
It is a typical Suresh Gopi film that is OK till the interval, but post-interval it bores you to some extent, perhaps on account of moving on predictable lines and ending in a manner as you have seen umpteen number of times in Suresh Gopi films.
The film opens with media persons (one of them being Viji Thambi himself, given his habit of appearing in a cameo a la Alfred Hitchcock) questioning the home minister as to what his government is doing regarding the suppression of the underworld don 'Bada Dosth'.
The minister assures them that steps have been taken to bring him to books. Enter Zakir Ali Mohammed, Commissioner of Police, all set to finish the regime of Beda Dosth. But Beda Dosth is a hard nut to crack and soon Zakir Ali finds himself suspended. But he is determined to finish off Beda Dosth and soon is brought face to face with the don. And then Beda Dosth, appreciating Zakir’s intentions and integrity, begins to tell him how the upright Police Officer Dayashankar metamorphosed into Beda Dosth.
The villainous Gee Verghese, known popularly as GV, had ruined his family, but was later he was forced to join hands with the same GV.
Zakir becomes Beda Dosthe’s fan and steps out of the latter’s bungalow, calling his beloved Nadira, a television journalist, on his mobile phone and telling her that Beda Dosth is not what he thought he was. But the moment he switches off his phone, he is greeted by a bullet in his head. Beda Dosth comes out running and then, of course there is someone to capture him on video gun in hand standing next to Zakir’s body. What happens after that forms the climax of Beda Dosth.
Suresh Gopi plays his part as Dayashankar alias Beda Dosth in his typical style, trotting guns, mouthing loud dialogues and fighting it out with the baddies.
Siddique as the villainous GV, who occasionally utters lines from the Bible, is also well-cast. Karthika as Nadira, Jyothirmayi as Dayashankar’s wife Meenu, Cochin Haneefa as Beda Dosthe’s aide Javed, Manoj K. Jayan as Zakir Ali, Riyaz Khan as the Circle Inspector Niranjan Das - all have played their respective roles in their respective styles.
M. V. Sajan’s editing is crisp and tight, but apart from the stylish packaging, the film is just another Suresh Gopi-starrer, which doesn’t impress you in any way. The post-interval session just bores you, even eliciting an occasional yawn. The old-time song "Kaadu kuliranu..." fails to impress.
Scenarist Babu Pallassery, Director Viji Thambi and others could have made the film a lot peppier.
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