As an entertainer movie, Nadirshah’s second directorial Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan is in the same zone of his first film Amar Akbar Anthany. The packaging of the movie is pretty similar and with numerous humorous moments unfolding in almost every scene, the unappealing story never becomes an evident low point and the film succeeds in delivering what it promised to us.
Krishnan Nair aka Kichu is our hero. His father was a huge fan of actor Jayan and he wanted to make his son a superstar. But unfortunately Kichu wasn’t the typical fair and handsome hero material in terms of looks. The discriminated Kichu was doing certain small type casted roles in movies and the film Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan is about the big break he gets in the movies and what all things happens around it.
Structural similarities are there between Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan and AAA. There is a narrator who describes the flash back story. A major portion of the movie is built around the jokes which are pretty hilarious. Then the film drifts in to that melodramatic portion and ultimately ends up as a happy story. It is the humor that works in favor of the movie. The combination of writing and the performances of people like Salim Kumar and Dharmajan take the presentation of those funny instances to a whole new level. The script also is aware of the fact that what has to work is the humor quotient, so even the minimal preaching gets dipped in quirky fun elements.
Vishnu Unnikrishnan as Kichu looks perfect for the character and acts neatly. Actor Siddique shows his maturity once again. Salim Kumar makes a terrific comeback and the portrayal had that typical style of his comedy. Along with him the performance that rocked the theater was of Dharmajan. The guy has an impeccable timing in comedy. Prayaga Martin looks pretty and emotes nicely. Lijomol Jose whom we last saw in Maheshinte Prathikaaram as Soniya looks like a really promising talent. Too many small characters are there in the film including Siju Wilson, Rahul Madhav, Seema G Nair and numerous other mimicry artists turned actors. BTW I really liked the performance of Kalabhavan Shajon. Directors should see his performance in this film and they may consider him for more credible characters.
The making style of Nadirshah is very much like how he conceived AAA. There is this slightly over the top visualization of expressions. He tries to squeeze in comedy in every single scene and mostly it was successful. Like I already said, as a story the film isn’t absorbing or fresh. It is built around the used out idea of inferiority complex. But the humor they have managed to bring in is what makes it a commercial entertainer. The tendency to use this unapologetic anti feminine jokes should have some control. It was there in AAA as well. Shamdat’s cinematography was good. The cuts were fine. The music wasn’t that catchy.
To sum it up, Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan works in the same way Nadirshah’s first film did. It is funny; the sentiments aren’t that strong and occasionally it is a bit anti feminine.
Rating : 3/5
Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan is funny; the sentiments aren’t that strong and occasionally it is a bit anti feminine.
Green: Recommended Content
Orange: The In-Between Ones
Red: Not Recommended