Veendum Kannur Review
'Veendum Kannur' that has been directed by Haridas is a poke at the current scenario that exists within the communist party in the state. It talks of opposite party factions combating with each other as if there is no end, and even offers a way out of it!
Madayi Surendran (Shivaji Guruvayoor) is the Party Secretary, who feels that his son Jayakrishnan's (Anoop Menon) life might be at stake. Jayakrishnan isn't much interested in his dad's political liaisons, until his entry to the state makes a child lose her limbs in a bomb blast.
Jayakrishnan finds his social sensibilities awakened all on a sudden, and he comes up with a unique plan that leads to the birth of the 'New Communist'. The New Communist, in addition to demanding more active involvement of the youth in the party, also creates a page on Facebook and Twitter, as has become the in-thing these days. Well, yawn.
Within no time, followers to the New Communist turn up in thousands, and Jayakrishnan faces stringent opposition as well. To make matters more complicated, a young industrialist named Mohith Nambiar (Rajeev Pillai) drop in with a fabric corridor project that would transform Kannur. No prizes for guessing that the Party stringently fights it while Jayakrishnan offers it all support.
It's all a male-centric affair, when you think of it. There are barely a few women, and all of them fall into specific stereotypes. Jayakrishnan's mother is around in a couple of scenes, where she remains a mute spectator to the interactions between her husband and son.
Along comes a hi-fi journo from JNU (Sandhya) who also happens to play Jayakrishnan's love interest. She starts off by firing a few questions at the Party Secretary and is assigned the task of doing a fresh feature on Kannur. But when it comes to her marriage, she turns out to be quite funny instead of fiery, which makes Jayakrishnan break out into a melancholic song!
The third kind of woman is the seductress Tara (Sajitha Beti) who is out for Jayakrishnan's blood, with a hidden camera. The sting operation goes kaput in no time, and Jayakrishnan makes her realize that she ought to be cleverer. No two ways about it!
Anoop Menon looks like having a blast (not the hazardous kind) playing Jayakrishnan, and he gets to mouth plenty of dhamakedaar dialogues in a script that lacks fire throughout. There is a saying that goes that if Keechakan is the one who has been killed, Bhima no doubt, is the one behind it. Having watched the 'twist' at the end of the film, I feel like saying the same. If its Anoop Menon who is being wronged, it's you-know-who that is the culprit.
I thought we were already done with such stale political capers that ruled the roost long, very long back! Looks like that's not the case, unfortunately!
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