The one-liner concept of the idea of a guy waking up from coma after 16 years and not being able to cope with the technological advancement is indeed a fascinating thought. Comali, the new Jayam Ravi movie gave us a feeling that the movie is trying to explore that particular concept when its trailer released. But to be honest, the coma thing is an easily replaceable thing in this script. The script of Comali is one of the most atrocious ones I have seen recently.
The film is about Ravi. While he was studying in plus two he fell in love with a girl and just when he was about to propose her an accident happens and he goes into a coma. Ravi wakes up from coma only after 16 years and has all the problems one would have seeing the evolved state of things. What happens in this post coma life of Ravi is what Comali talking about.
When the movie started to go extremely crazy with the screenplay, I started to think about its producers and their conviction that this will work. The wild and pointless imagination of Pradeep Ranganathan has definitely demanded elaborate production requirements. A movie that started off as a fun take on a guy who woke up after 16 years of coma ends by showing how humanity was restored during the Chennai floods. This kind of absolute cluelessness of the movie about what it wants to talk about can drive you crazy if you want a little bit of coherence in the content. I would say the script of this movie is a psycho. You just can’t say when it will shift its mood. In one scene Ravi is almost groping his current girlfriend and ex-girlfriend and within one or two minutes of that atrocity, he starts to give a lecture to a whole generation about how phones and social media have made us all narrow. It was very much like Pradeep Ranganathan wrote the shooting script just before the day of shoot based on what was on the 8 PM news debate; that level of randomness.
Jayam Ravi is in his usual zone of acting and the appreciable thing is perhaps the weight loss to look like a convincing 12th grader. This is not a movie where you will feel like criticizing the actors for their ordinary or mediocre performance. Everyone seems to be a tool in the hands of someone who doesn’t have any clue about how to use them. Yogi Babu is also repeating his typical comedy. Samyuktha Hegde looked pretty and was okay for her part. I really don’t know why Kajal Aggarwal agreed to do this movie that ignores her completely. KS Ravikumar goes from being a buffoon villain to a scared antagonist through a series of “what the hell” events. Sha Ra who played the role of the doctor was unbearable.
Pradeep Ranganathan’s idea of entertainment is really weird. He loves the women objectification for comedy. Men drooling looking at the belly of Kavita Radheshyam is funny according to Pradeep. Like I already said, it is impossible to trace the trajectory of this insane script. The coma story shifts to a fight to get an ancestral property, and then there is a stupid back story to that. The hero then goes back to his first love to get a photograph and that part has saucy comedy and it abruptly jumps into a lecture on parenting and socializing. Then you have a heist mission that also abruptly changes into a display of communal harmony during the flood. There is nothing wrong in showing communal harmony in a movie. But imagine watching a movie like CID Moosa and suddenly it starts to behave like War and Love. That’s the problem here. The Hip-hop Tamizha songs are coming out of nowhere.
If you are able to enjoy Comali, then you are an extremely lucky person. Because being able to enjoy this level of mediocrity either shows your superpower or you are desperate to laugh at anything. Don’t fall for the coma thing you saw in the trailer. What you saw in the trailer is pretty much the entire coma episode of the movie. The actual movie has abundant other trash to dump on you.
What you saw in the trailer is pretty much the entire coma episode of the movie. The actual movie has abundant other trash to dump on you.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended