Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum feels long and at many areas it’s a little bit of a suffering as the plot gets muddled over pointless jokes and irrelevant subplots. Infusing the clichéd memory loss theme in an Italian Job with all those dialogue humour, Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum very discretely offers genuine fun when you look at the whole movie.
Jiya is this car loving young girl who lost her memory in an accident. Her parents and fiancé are clueless about what happened to her. There is a person referred to as P who is considered as her love interest. The movie is actually a search to find out the real P when two young men Prince and Pranav claimed themselves to be Jiya’s P.
Y V Rajesh has written those V K Prakash movies like Three Kings, Gulumaal etc. Remember the sort of jokes you enjoyed/suffered (depends on your choice) in those films? The humour in this movie reminded me of those films. It doesn’t have much of a relevance to its credit, but delivers the kind of skit fun which would work for instant crowd laughter. The first half of the film that has these characters narrating stories looks so dull. And the kind of jokes Suraj and Aju are trying to pitch feels like additional numbers as they felt the story narration is less engaging. The film isn’t absorbing in the first half and luckily there is a little life in the second half of the film. Towards the climax when Amala Paul said something like “I can no longer torture the gimmicks of you two” to our Ps, the guy sitting behind me said “same here”.
There isn’t much of a challenging acting needed for this movie. Kunchako Boban once again delivers his typical calm young guy portrayal. Jayasurya on the other hand gets to play a baddie and with his quick witted counters he manages to give us some laughter worthy moments. Amala Paul fumbles a little bit with her Malayalam diction and her acting was just okay. Aju Varghese’s comedies aren’t entirely pleasing. In some sequences he has the grace, but there are areas where the comic timing wasn’t perfect. The character played by Suraj (just for the sake of humor) was a relief as the content in this movie was going nowhere. An elaborate cast comprising of Vijayaraghavan, Vinaya Prasad, Kalabhavan Shajon, Lena and many more is there and they are all just okay.
After having seen realism on the screen through some really good films in the beginning of this year, the old school rendering of Boban Samuel looks boring in my opinion. There isn’t much of director’s involvement visible in the visual side of this comedy. The story is undeniably weak and they have relied heavily on the jokes. The screenplay can’t really push the movie forward in a gentle way. The first half‘s dullness has a lot to do with the sluggish edits. Songs were okay. Cinematography was average.
Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum disappointed me. If your question is “Is there anything to laugh?”, my reply would be “There is. But you wont remember any of those after the movie.” If that’s okay for you watch this movie.
Rating : 2/5
Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum feels long and at many areas it's a little bit of a suffering as the plot gets muddled over pointless jokes and irrelevant subplots.