Ayaal Njanalla

Spoiler alert: I will try my best not to reveal the suspense factor of the movie. Forgive me if I failed.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was a film that got teased by many for the fact that a wife couldn’t recognize her husband after a small makeover. Even after being a fair enough entertainer, this simple logic which is applicable for actor Vineeth Kumar’s directorial debut Ayaal Njanalla, makes the movie considerably difficult for the audience to digest. As the movie isn’t treated as a full on fantasy idea, this portion that is hard to make sense kind of makes Ayaal Njanalla an average cinema on the whole.

Prakashan who is from Koyilandi is working in his uncle’s tyre shop in Gujarat. He, who has no one in Kerala, doesn’t have any plan to return. His uncle’s unfortunate demise puts him in a financial trouble and his only option for financial recovery made him go to Bangalore for a real estate deal. The surprising turn of events when he arrives in Bangalore is what the movie mainly dealing with.

There isn’t much of excitement or any dullness in the beginning portion of the movie. Things go in the usual way with character intro, romance, song and other usual stuff. The arrival of Prakashan at Bangalore is where the twist happens and also where the fun begins. The events that happen after Prakashan does this conman stuff, doesn’t really make sense. The kind of limelight the person he acted as have in this modern society obsessed with social media, limits the amount of experiment a script can do. As Vineeth Kumar did this overdoing in the scripting, the sensibility factor always gave an itchy feel. There were a few comedy sequences, like the coffee with actor’s fan which did made the audience laugh.

Fahadh Faasil who is making sort of a comeback to movies after a small gap once again performs with charm. The Koyilandi slang was safe in the hands of the actor and he managed to transform as Prakashan by adding perfection in things like body language. Mridula Murali and Divya were good in their characters. SP Sreekumar did his comical character neatly. Tiny Tom was nice while Nobi was a bit annoying with his typical style. The rest of the cast comprises of T G Ravi, Anil Nair, Renji Panicker and Dinesh Nair.

Vineeth Kumar’s direction is kind of okay. There isn’t any excessive melodrama in treatment. The key point was in convincing us about the conman avatar of the leading protagonist, but in that aspect I feel that the director in him failed. Screenplay as already mentioned experiments a bit too much leaving us question the possibility of the idea. Some scenes were genuinely hilarious. Cinematography was really good from Shamdat. Good music. Art direction was good.

On the whole Ayaal Njanalla is a watchable flick that won’t bore you. But the logic sometimes bothers the enjoyment. As it is a movie that doesn’t fit in to the “keep your logic at home” category, questioning the sensibility does have validity. The rating for the movie is 2.5/5. Nobody feeling nothing awkward when a Malayalam film star delivers a speech in Hindi was actually awkward.

Final Thoughts

Ayaal Njanalla is a watchable flick that won't bore you. But the logic sometimes bothers the enjoyment.


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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