Star Cast: Biju Menon, Dileesh Pothan, Saiju Kurup, Sudhi Koppa, Sreelakshmi
Director: Rafeek Ibrahim
Padayottam had set everything in the right place right with its massy posters and fun-filled teasers, which promised the audiences of the film with an interesting mix. Has Padayottam lived up to the big expectations and offered the audiences a racy entertainer laced with fun? Read Padayottam review to know more.
The story of Padayottam revolves around a group of four including Chenkal Reghu, who are in a journey towards Kasargode to take revenge for one of their friends, who was attacked by a person. The film traverses the interesting incidents that happen in their journey from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasargode.
The best part of Padayottam is in the fact that it is an entertainer, which evolves itself into that form by becoming a road movie. It is indeed an interesting mix of genre, which has not been tried much in Malayalam cinema and Rafeeq Ibrahim has treated the film with utmost care. He has used the right pace required for the film without losing the prime focus of entertaining the people and as a film-maker, he has tried to bring in some difference in the narrative pattern, especially the way in which he has sprung the surprises.
The script of the film penned by Arun AR & Ajai Rahul has some interesting events setup at the first place, especially during the journey of Chenkal Reghu & team. There are some fine one-liners, which are sure to evoke laughter. However, a bit more care could have been given to the second half of the film where there were moments that went wayward but still the film-maker pulls the journey back towards the end of the movie with twists and turns that gel nicely with the movie.
Biju Menon as Chenkal Reghu is the backbone of the movie and he steals the show, who is indeed a mix of mass and entertainment. The way in which he has handled the dialect is impressive and he does offer loads of moments of entertainment. Saiju Kurup, Dileesh Pothen and Sudhi Koppa ably support Biju Menon in the journey, as they do their parts extremely well. Anu Sithara didn’t have much to perform. Lijo Jose Pellissery was impressive in his role. Padayottam also features Basil Joseph, Ganapathy, Suresh Krishna, etc., in important roles.
Music by Prasanth Pillai deserves special mention, especially the BGM. The score for Chenkal Reghu is sure to gain the attention of the audiences. Cinematography by Satheesh Kurup is fine and so is the case of editing works by Ratheesh Raj.
Padayottam is one such movie that stays loyal to the tag of a fun entertainer, as it will keep the audiences engaged throughout the run time. It is indeed a rollicking journey with Chenkal Reghu and team.