Chirakodinja Kinavukal

Spoof is a genre that hasn’t been tested much in the Malayalam film industry and the most successful producer of the recent times has backed up such a concept of a debutant through the movie Chirakodinja Kinavukal. Making more than enough fun of the industry clichés that are in and outside the film field, Chirakodinja Kinavukal has not forgotten to preach us about the necessity of looking at the reality.

The basic story is very familiar to all the malayali audience. Thaiyyalkkaran and Sumathi are the love birds of the movie. The typical pair’s love life gets into trouble when Sumathi’s father decided to give her hand to the Gulfukaaran / U.K Karan. How the romantic melodrama ends up as a comedy is what this industry spoof talking about.

It cannot be said as a complete spoof as it has used some of the good scenes we remember from the last 20-30 years.  But the basic idea is to make a spoof of the industry stereo types; how the film makers follow the same way to represent some common elements in stories like romance, stunts, physical assault etc. The sarcasm is not limited to what happens in the writing part. Similar to Udayananu Thaaram, the teasing goes to the off screen clichés and of course the politics and media culture. The lack of continuous spoofing is the only drawback of this movie as there is no captivating story to attract us when things look a bit serious.

From self credit onwards, director Santhosh Viswanath and writer Praveen S starts the spoof making. The initial segments make fun of the approach of film makers towards a movie. Then after, it makes fun of the sensibilities and unreal approach towards the content.  And after making enough fun about the lack of life and craft, it gently proposes its suggestion to enhance the quality. The scope of Ambujakshan’s Chirakodinja Kinavukal has been completely utilized by the writer. Everything that we make fun of in the social media groups has been included in the content. As I already said some portions in the movie looks a bit serious (or lacks humor) and as the basic story is stupid, it is a bit difficult to sync with that dryness. Cinematography was good. I liked the visual effects of the movie. Music and background score was also good from Deepak Dev (one movie where he can copy and the one who accuses him of copying will sound like an idiot – nature of the movie). Edits were also nice.

Kunchako Boban is okay playing the dual role of Hero and Villain. Nice performance from Rima Kallingal. Sreenivasan kept Ambujakshan lively. A bit limited but still a smart performance from Srinda. I loved the introduction scene of Idavela Babu. When his scene came the projector operator turned on the lights and some guys even walked out of the hall. Manoj K Jayan, Joy Mathew, Mamukoya, Sunil Sukhada and Jacob Gregory handled the humor nicely.

Overall, Chirakodinja Kikinavukal is only a little short of being a perfect spoof film. My rating is a generous 3.5/5 for this Santhosh Viswanath film. Lets look for reality.

Final Thoughts

Chirakodinja Kikinavukal is only a little short of being a perfect spoof film.


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Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.


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