Best of Luck Review
The title of M A Nishad's latest film, Best of Luck, seems more like a greet thrown straight at its viewers. You do need some extra bit of luck to actually decipher what's happening in it.
Apparently aimed at the youth, the film follows four youngsters, Surya (Kailash), Manu (Asif Ali), Neethu (Archana Kavi) and Dia (Rima Kallkingal), who have none but each other in life. As luck would have it, some rich Nayikar in some distant village in Tamil Nadu reveals a much guarded secret on his death bed that Surya is his son. On his demise, Junior Nayikar (Prabhu) turns protector and parent for Surya.
Manu who has been nurturing this fierce desire to turn film maker lands on the film sets of his idol, Mammootty. The star asks him to come back with a suitable story, and Manu forces Surya to borrow some money, pledging the Nayikar mansion that they live in. When Junior Nayikar drops by for a visit, its time to play Golmaal.
In this melee, pairs get switched and so do roles. One's girlfriend turns another wife and what not. What makes the whole process difficult is that the four people who get to play the roles are as much perplexed as the poor souls watching them in action.
There better be some real good action in a film like this to keep the viewers in splits. Here unfortunately, the silliness of the affairs is what would astonish us. There aren't any real humorous moments that you would carry back with you. But there are sentimental scenes that turn accidentally funny when one character after the other reveals in a pool of tears that s/he has been left alone in the world, and that this friendship is all that matters.
Of the four lead performers, the only one who has come up with a decent job is Asif Ali. Kailash looks all bewildered and the girls ham it up to the hilt. Urvashi is back in a new avatar, and as a domestic house help who acts and speaks like Suraj Venjarammoodu, tries in vain to keep us engaged. Sporting outrageous costumes, she does manage to make us wonder what an actress of her stature has been reduced to these days. And the man whose accent she gets to imitate, Suraj is there as well, and has nothing new to offer except being his usual self that includes getting thrown out of jobs and being beaten up in general.
Mammooty making an appearance in the film is an embarrassment. Almost all the scenes that feature him have been written so badly, that you cringe in your seats while watching them. The film makers must have obviously hoped to cash in on the star power of the actor, but the least they could have done was to make his appearance presentable on screen. While the technical aspects of the film leave a lot to be desired, the music deserves a special (non)mention as well.
Walk into the cinema halls with some extra bit of courage and resolve to sit through the film. Best of Luck!
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