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Language : Malayalam
Banner : Creative Team
Director : S.L Puram Jayasurya
Producer : K K Narayana Das
Cinematography : Ajayan Vincent
Story : Manaf
Screenplay : S.L Puram Jayasurya
Dialogue : S.L Puram Jayasurya
Lyrics : Subhash, Saseendra Varma
Music : Ouseppachan
Distribution : Maxlab Release
Release : 2009 October 22
Starring : Mohanlal, Santhanu Bhagyaraj, Nithya Menon, Jagathy, SalimKumar, Lalu Alex, Suraj Venjaaramoodu, Vijayaraghavan, Innocent, Jayasoma, Bineesh Kodiyeri, Bheeman Raghu, Geetha, Ambika, Baiju
Jayasurya directed Santhanoo Bhagyaraj’s debut film in Malayalam, along with Mohanlal as Angel John, is a treat for the family audiences. It is not only a breezy entertainer but is packaged well with sentiments, comedy, and action but also has a neat message.
Maradona (Santhanoo) is an aimless youngster who likes to waste his time doing practically nothing other than fooling around. For him everything in life is Oru Rasam (just fun) and wants to take the easy way out and lacks focus in his life.
He is the only son of Joseph (Lalu Alex) an Bank Manager and Mary (Ambika) who dotes on him. The only person who has a soft corner for him is the beautiful Sofia (Nithya) who has a limp and is the daughter of a failed filmmaker Kuruvila (Vijayaraghavan).
Maradona messes up his life by getting into company of friends and starting an internet café that fails and to recoup his losses and attracted by ‘easy money’ he gets into drugs. Soon he is conned and loses everything after pledging his house to a ‘blade’ moneylender (Salim Kumar).
On hearing the news his father is hospitalized and his mother finally loses faith in him.A shattered Maradonna decides to commit suicide by jumping from a lighthouse into the sea. As he is about to jump, he is held back by a divine force in the form of Angel John (Mohanlal), who offers him a new lease of life.
The film works because of Jayasurya’s script. More importantly the director plays up the message part of the film by highlighting the importance of hard work, dedication, ethics and sacrifice. Even Jagathy’s Khader Moosa comedy track has a message. Mohanlal as Angel John is top class as he blends his image perfectly with the character, while Santhanoo comes out with fine performance.
The supporting cast of Vijayaraghavan, Lalu Alex and new girl Nithya are all adequate. Though there are only two songs in the film, Ouseppachan’s background score is a winner. Towards the end, the script plods as it becomes predictable and sentimental. But you don’t mind it simply because the characters have handled the scenes skilfully.
The last scene with Mohanlal and Salim Kumar is a scream. Go have your share of fun.
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