The Malayalam movie ‘Mohanlal’, starring Manju Warrier, narrates the story of an over enthusiastic fan of the superstar.
The lady star of Mollywood portrays the character Meenakshi aka Meenukutty in ‘Mohanlal’. She is so hyper and abnormal that she connects each and everything that happens in her life with Lalettan or his movies. Since her childhood days, she watches the FDFS of almost all the films of her dear actor.
Later, Meenakshi marries her childhood friend Sethumadhavan (played by Indrajith Sukumaran). How Meenu’s crazy fandom causes troubles in the couple’s marital life form the plot of director Sajid Yahiya’s second movie.
Performances in Mohanlal
There used to be a time when I was in love with the bubbly characters portrayed by Manju. For example, Summer in Bethlehem, Aaram Thampuran or Daya, to name a few. But ever since she made her comeback to acting, only How Old Are You and Udaharanam Sujatha have impressed me so far.
In ‘Mohanlal’, the eccentric Meenukutty will irritate you most of the time. She tries her level best to overdo the actions of a Mohanlal fan. Annoying indeed! The movie is also overloaded with the good deeds done by the so-called Mohanlal fans. Mohanlal worship in this movie touches certain levels that could be hard to digest even for hardcore Mohanlal fans. For instance, in one of the scenes when a nurse asks for the blood group of a group of fans who had come to donate blood, one guy proudly announces that they all have only one blood group and that’s Lalettan (no comments! just facepalm). There are several such ‘fan moments’ throughout the movie and I really struggled to sit through those scenes.
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Were the makers actually trying to insult the multi-talented Indian actor with this movie ‘Mohanlal’?
Meanwhile, Indrajith’s fine performance and Soubin Shahir’s oneliners are the only saving factors of this movie. Other actors like KPAC Lalitha and Sethu Lekshmi were good too. While Aju Varghese was okay, Bijukuttan was a bit hyper.
Nevertheless, the child artistes — Vishal Krishna, Meenakshi, Krittika Pradeep and Shebin Benson — have done their parts decently with subtle performances.
The role given to Salim Kumar felt like an unnecessary one included just to show the heroism of Manju’s character. She even kicks a goon and a Mohanlal hater. And both of them fly in the air, seriously?
What stands out?
The Lalettan song, sung by Prarthana Indrajith, Va Va Vo by Nithya Menen and other songs by music composer Tony Joseph are catchy. Ah! To be honest, nothing else stands out in this movie.
Of course, a lot!
From blind Mohanlal worship, forced comedy, dull script, an over expressive Manju and all those fans, ‘Mohanlal’ is a torture and is too dramatic to handle.
‘Mohanlal’, which is supposed to make the audience feel good about the superstar, is actually doing just the opposite. It is neither an emotional drama nor a comedy flick. You might get annoyed seeing Manju trying to play such an eccentric character. It is incomparable to similar roles she has done in the past, like the role of Abhirami in Summer in Bethlehem that has impressed us all.
Sajid’s movie ‘Mohanlal’ is strictly to awe super fans of both Mohanlal and Manju Warrier. If you do not belong to this category, better avoid this flick.
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