Ezham Suryan Malayalam Movie Review
In 'Ezham Suryan' Unni Mukundan plays Chithrabhanu, the wayward son of a renowned astrologer Vazhakode Unnikrishnan Namboodiri (Saikumar). Chithrabhanu has taken a liking to beating up people and while trying to play savior to a young girl named Gopika (Mahalekshmi) ends up raping her. The lass vows vengeance and would stop at nothing until she gets to see his blood.
It's mishmash really with astrology on one side and action at the other. The narrative progresses for a very long time along two different pathways, and they finally merge around the intermission. Much time is spent on portraying the romance between Gopika and Danny (Sreejith Ravi) and they even get to sing a song together!
Meanwhile Chithrabhanu is around, snatching women away on the day of their wedding. He roams around with a sneer on his face and is not the least bit pleased with his mother, or rather a framed photograph of hers that has been hung on the wall.
What surprised me totally is how this man transforms into a different soul altogether in the latter half of the film. Men change, no doubt, but where is the logic if I may ask. I mean, here is this guy, who has never cared two hoots for his own life, and given the way he has been rubbing people the wrong way, you almost expect him to be at the receiving end any moment. And he doesn't care that he might drop dead any moment.
Why is it then, that all on a sudden, this man starts fearing for his life? And that too, because of a horoscope! Does this mean that the fellow that we got to see for one whole hour was someone else? Does this mean that the tough guy avatar that this man has been sporting all the while was just a sham and that in reality this chap was just another man who feared for his life?
The climax was something that I could spot from a mile away, and I was just hoping that it wouldn't turn out this way. But alas, some things don't change, not at least in films like 'Ezham Suryan'. I wouldn't mention it, lest it turns out to be a spoiler, but I'm sure several of you would feel just the same.
The script is all shaky and in the second half, it sets adrift the young actors who seem clueless as to where all this is headed. There is little to be commented when it comes to performances hence, and there are just a few scenes in the film that turn out to be watchable, thanks to Saikumar. There is nothing else to be mentioned in this regard, and the technical flair is kept to the minimum as well.
And thus it is, that 'Ezham Suryan' ends up being a discomfited, disjointed and a bit too plain film that lacks dramatic drive as well as factual insight. In fact it's the kind of sun that is bound to set even before it has risen.