First of all, the ‘allu’ in Allu Ramendran is not the ‘allu’ in actor Allu Arjun’s name. Instead, the word is used to describe nails or other sharp objects that are used to make a puncture on a tyre.
The storyline of Allu Ramendran
Ramendran (Kunchacko Boban), a designated driver at the police station, is short-tempered, because of which he has enough enemies. The movie then narrates the major crisis he faces in life. Whenever Ramendran drives the police jeep, it gets punctured repeatedly, at least once a day. Soon, he realises that this is no more accidental (since it happens more than 30 times), instead deliberately done by someone in the village. It also earns him the nickname “Allu (spike) Ramendran” and he becomes a laughing stock among his colleagues and villagers. It also affects his job with the SI suggesting him to take a long break from the job. The way Ramendran reacts to all this and how he unravels the mystery behind the person, who is ruining his life form the storyline of Allu Ramendran.
Interestingly, Kunchacko Boban appears in a never-seen-before avatar leaving his comfort zone as a charming-chocolate-lover-boy image at bay. The difference in the character itself feels like a breath of fresh air for the audience. There are even moments when he is shown devastated by the incidents happening in his life. He has undoubtedly performed the character in a convincing manner.
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Chandini Sreedharan as Ramendran’s wife Viji doesn’t have much to perform other than remain as a silent wife. However, Aparna Balamurali as Ramendran’s sister Swathi entertains with her realistic performance. The love blossoming between Swathi and Jithu (Krishna Sankar), has been portrayed neatly. Krishna even delivers humour impressively along with Dharmajan Bolgatty throughout.
Salim Kumar‘s character SI Sinto is sure to take us back to some of his previous humour roles. But there were a few moments when he overreacted a little bit. But yes, he is the one, who creates laughter riot many times.
Sreenath Bhasi’s character is totally relatable for the new-gen youngsters, who take to social media every time they want to express their feelings; be it to protest or abuse a well-known personality.
Girish Ad, Sajin Cherukayil and Vineeth Vasudevan have penned an interesting script, though things become almost predictable post interval. They have, however, not given much importance for the female characters, who just exist in the storyline. But except, maybe Jithu’s grandmother (Sarasa Balussery – the Sudani mom), who is his best buddy with whom he can even discuss his life problems.
What went wrong?
The first time Ramendran’s jeep gets punctured, it was the front one on the left side. But maybe because of the n number of punctures followed by, the editor showed us, Assim Jamal (the
Meanwhile, the climax scene of Allu Ramendran is slightly disappointing as it leaves a big question mark on the mind of the audience. The makers could have exposed the identity of THAT particular man.
Allu Ramendran is, unexpectedly, a watchable flick. All thanks to the new avatar of Kunchacko Boban with his character Ramendran having a negative touch, something not familiar for us. However, the movie has an almost predictable storyline post interval.
Rating: 3 stars
5 stars: Exceptional, masterpiece
4.5 stars: Well crafted piece of art
4 stars: Very good, exciting, interesting/new concept
3.5 stars: Good, better than what I expected, but has some minor flaws
3 stars: Okay, 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