Have you watched Mammootty’s The Great Father movie, directed by Haneef Adeni? The megastar’s latest film Abrahaminte Santhathikal also follows the same template. A tailor-made project focussed majorly on boosting his heroism.
Performances in Abrahaminte Santhathikal
It is a well known fact that given a platform, the versatile actor Mammootty will deliver his best performance. However, these days, the filmmakers focus only on selling his style quotient rather than utilising his acting skills. He portrays the character ACP Derick Abraham, an efficient and stylish officer, who doesn’t wear his uniform even while meeting his superior officers.
This movie, just like its predecessors, has that stylish slow motion intro scene and some not-so-convincing action sequences, as usual. However, there is a particular emotional scene with Kalabhavan Shajohn in which Mammootty gets some space to perform. And that is the best moment in the whole movie where we see him as a normal human rather than the usual larger-than-life persona. His character also faces a fair share of failures unlike his other hero worshipping movies of the recent past.
Abrahaminte Santhathikal has an ensemble cast, including Anson Paul, Kaniha, Tarushi, Siddique, Yog Japee, Renji Panicker, Suresh Krishna, Maqbool Salmaan, Shyamaprasad and Sohan Seenu Lal, among many others. While most of them performed in their usual manner, it is the character CI Sukumaran, performed by Shajohn, that is sure to impresses the audience. However, he also becomes a victim of hero worship towards the end of the movie.
What stands out?
The stylish avatar of Mammootty as ACP Derick Abraham remains the only factor that stands out in Abrahaminte Santhathikal. Credit goes to the costume and makeup departments. Gopi Sunder’s background score works well in certain places, but was too loud at times. The song, Yarusalem Naayaka, sung by Sreya Jayadeep, is catchy.
Seeing statutory warning against smoking and not wearing helmets while riding two-wheelers are regular these days. But through this movie, the makers have come forward with a new warning, that has appeared on screen, may be for the first time. “Violence against women is punishable under law” — what an irony? It appears in a Mammootty-starrer in the wake of the Kasaba movie row.
Meanwhile, the twist in the climax might impress some audience. But, if you keenly observe, predicting that climax won’t be that hard.
What went wrong?
A lot actually! So I will jot them down here.
1. Though it is the debut directorial venture of Shaji Padoor, the filmmaking looks very similar to the previous work of Haneef. The influence was really evident in the overall treatment, from the slow-mo shots, Mammootty’s one-liners and the hero worship in general.
2. Excessive hero (read Derick) worship throughout the movie by everyone including Derick’s superior officers, peers and subordinates is so annoying. And there is a scene with a kidnapped kid, who even utters “wow” on seeing the heroic actions of his rescuer. Seriously? That was the peak level of hero worship in this film.
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3. Rather than delving into the real issue with this script, the makers have tried to focus majorly on the stylish get-ups of the star. And in that process, they just ignored the need to convince the viewers with some details of the cases that he was dealing with. Especially the way he gets to the culprits.
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To be precise, Derick’s assignment is to find a serial killer, who is all set to kill the 10th victim in his list. Of course, the smart investigative officer solves the mystery so quickly. But how? Only God knows! Also, I really thought these initial crimes with those biblical mentions would have some kind of relevance in the latter part of the script. But nah!
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4. The editing by the experienced Mahesh Narayanan is questionable in this movie. The transition between the time lines aren’t smooth due to which viewers get confused about the time frame in which the story is being narrated. Also, a lot of time is wasted over slow motion scenes, just to boost the heroism of Derick.
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5. The character portrayed by Sohan Seenu Lal is actually meant to add some humour elements in the otherwise serious storyline. But sorry to say that those scenes weren’t that funny and felt like a forced addition just for the sake of comedy.
6. Anson Paul plays Derick’s younger brother Philip Abraham. The impeccable ACP is asked to investigate the case that involves his brother. But I wonder if a cop will be assigned to investigate a crime that involves his/her close relative in real life.
7. Kaniha’s performance was fine overall. But, the way she handled one emotional scene towards the end of the movie didn’t look convincing at all. After all, how can a mother stay so cool after such a mishap?
Abrahaminte Santhathikal is nothing extraordinary, if you have watched Mammootty’s The Great Father. In the 2017 movie, the primary theme was child abuse, which is one of the relevant social issues these days. But Abrahaminte Santhathikal is an amalgamation of child kidnapping, series of murders, the loopholes of law due to which innocents are punished and a lot more. Above all, the movie is made to sell the stylish looks of 66-year-old Mammootty as the makers have tried to focus on that aspect alone.
RATINGS CHART 5 stars: Exceptional, masterpiece 4.5 stars: Well crafted piece of art 4 stars: Very good, exciting, interesting/new concept 3.5 stars: Good, but some minor flaws 3 stars: Average, one-time watch 2.5 stars: Mixed feelings 2 stars: Disappointing. Watch at your own risk 1.5 stars: Frustrating. 1 star: A complete disaster. Better avoid this