Mayamohini Movie Review
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Dileep has already proved that he could portray female roles effortlessly. In the new movie MAYAMOHINI he goes one step further and lives the life of a female, the enchanting Mayamohini. Dileep’s role in MAYAMOHINI directed by Jose Thomas will amaze anyone watching the movie. Dileep has been known to don different roles and this one in particular will enhance his reputation. This has to be one of the outstanding roles in his acting career. He changed the assumptions regarding a hero as the effeminate Radhakrishnan in CHANTHUPOTTU and now he has gone even further in the art bringing out feminine traits in his acting.
Balakrishnan(BijuMenon), belonging to the aristocratic Vadkkedath family of Ottapalam, got into business in spite of being advised by his best friend Adv.Lekshmi(Baburaj) to desist from doing so, and promptly lost everything. The family astrologer is consulted again who urges Balakrishnan to wed a girl with ‘Chothi Nakshathram’ to change his fortune. Then enters Mayamohini(Dileep) as Balakrishnan’s wife and then the fun starts. Is their family life happy? From where did this 'Mayamohini' come?? More and more of it make the crux of the movie.
The movie is meant to be an out and out comedy and it turns out just like that!
Dileep has shown his versatility and ability to fit into any role by the ease with which he lives the role of Mayamohini. His body language, demeanour, mannerism, dialogue and his walk are absolutely astonishing.
He plays the ‘Janapriya Nayakan’ card to the core in his trademark style. Biju Menon has done a good job without being exceptional. But exceptional should be the description for Baburaj’s peppy acting which comes as a great relief. The combination of the three does bring a few laughs from time to time. Another suspense element of the flick is the comedy attempt by Spadikam George. The female leads Lakshmi Rai and Mythili have limited roles while the supporting cast of Madhu Warrier, Kalabhavan Shajon, Vijayaraghavan , Nedumudi Venu, Mohan, Abu Salim and Aju Varghese play their roles well.
Direction by Jose Thomas is ok and editing by Johnkutty is just average.
Well, the story looks nothing new and the situations have been seen before several times, in some of those old comedy flicks. Still writer duo Sibi K Thomas and Udayakrishna have managed in developing this weak plot into a perky script . Camera by Anil Nair and music Berny Ignatius are good without being spectacular.
The director is a bit confused whether to make the film a comedy or a family drama and ends up making two different parts. It gives the feel as though you have watched two films, pre as well as post interval, the characters and places change which does not have anything to do with the main narration and then the director struggles to somehow complete the story by a contrived climax.
In short, 'Mayamohini' certainly follows the same old formula, but even then it is a fairly enjoyable ride. It could have been more attractive, if the second half had more laughs. If you don’t think too much and just want to have some funny time at the theatres, this one could be a possible option.
Verdict: Mayamohini Entertains...