Saturday 02 September 2017
Mammootty, Deepti Sathy, Asha Sarath
It’s pretty clear from the opening scenes of director Shyam Dhar’s Pullikkaaran Staraa that the aim here is to create laughs by any means, be it titillation, misogyny or plain buffoonery.
The flashback reveals the birth story of the hero, Rajakumaran (Mammootty), to an Army man Kumaran and his wife Rajamma. They live in a village called Rajakumari in Idukki and the little Rajakumaran was pretty early known as a womanizer, though he had no such intentions then.
That “label” continues to haunt him now and he remains a bachelor even in his forties (yes, you heard it right!) and now he is working as a teachers’ trainer. Rajakumaran shifts his base to Kochi where he starts living in an apartment, close to his schoolmate, Stephen (Dileesh Pothen).
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The scenes that follow are mainly the efforts of his friends to find a bride for the hero and for all those who are still interested, there is one scene where a seductress is sent to help the hero lose his virginity!!!(It cant get worse)
The hero meets a young girl named Manjima (Deepti Sathy) during a train journey, as she tries to convince her boyfriend to elope with her. When he ditches her, she goes with the hero and starts living in a nearby apartment with an oldie, who is a self-confessed womanizer.
With all the double meaning dialogues and a storyline that would leave you shocked, this film insults not just the viewer but a phenomenal actor like Mammootty himself. With a pathetic script, the director has made a mess of a film that is offensive, amateurish in its packaging and at times, seriously disturbing.
Mammootty looks handsome for sure, but it is pretty surprising to see the actor trying to play a character at least twenty years younger to him. Needless to add, the efforts fall flat.
Deepti Sathy hams it up, while Asha Sarath has nothing much to do. Actors like Dileesh Pothen, Innocent and Hareesh Perumanna are trying hard to tickle the funny bone, but their lines are mostly annoying.
We seriously wonder what could have attracted Mammootty to say 'yes' to this film? Well, if not the whole nation at least those who admire the actor would want to know. Watch this one at your own risk. Surely there’s a better way to spend a lovely Onam weekend!
Pullikkaaran Staraa review: Avoidable