Black Cat Malayalam Movie

Feature Film | 2007
Oct 21, 2007 By Unni Nair

Black Cat, the much delayed film from Vinayan, keeps you glued to your seats until the very end, but it doesn't have anything new to offer. Old wine in new bottle, but palatable none the less and worth your money, especially if you are not looking for anything extraordinary.

Black Cat tells the story of a man, black in complexion, hefty in size and with unusual physical prowess, known to everyone as Black. He is a kind of mentally-retarded guy who takes delight in food and in the company of children. He is obedient to the rich Tharakan, whose commands he dutifully carries out. He also has a love for Tharakan's daughter Blessy. He is loved by all around him.

Meenakshi, who comes to that village, which comprises mostly of fisher folk, is stunned at seeing Black. He reminds her of Ramesh, her lover and the City Police Commissioner of Mumbai, who though fair in complexion, resembled Black to the core. She watches Black closely and even films him on her camera. And when she notices the scar on Black's leg, she begins to have serious doubts.

Meenakshi, who had come to do research under the learned physician Moosad, seeks his help in the matter. Moosad consents to help her and asks her to bring Black to him. She succeeds in bringing Black to Moosad, who does certain treatments on him and states that even if Black is Ramesh, he cannot effect any kind of transformation in him. Things however, are not destined to end there. From here the story takes off.

Suresh Gopi has done full justice to the dual roles of Black and Ramesh. Meena as Meenakshi and Karthika as Blessy are good. Rajan P. Dev is his usual self as Tharakan, while Nedumudi Venu as Black's father Pathrose too is good. Ashish Vidyarthi as Meenakshi's father and Mumbai minister Prafull Kumar suits the role, and Mukesh Rishi as I.G. Agarwal is also good. Mukesh as advocate Dinesh does his job well. All the others in the cast are OK, though Jagadeesh, Indrans, Harisri Ashokan and Jaffer Idukki have nothing much to do. Manikuttan does a guest role in a song.

The songs on the whole are average, the only one to stand out being "Athmavin kaavil…" Technical aspects are good, especially cinematography and editing. Art-work and make-up too deserve special mention. In total, though the film doesn't offer anything new, it is good as the makers have packaged and presented it well. It doesn't bore you and keeps you glued to the seat, but still it's worth but one watch.

Unni Nair