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Film : Vismayathumbathu
Release : 2004
Direction : Fazil
Cast : Mohanlal, Mukesh, Harishree Ashokan, Nayantara
The last time Mohanlal and Fazil came together was for Life is Beautiful, a film that bombed at the box-office. Now, they are back in Vismayathumbathu, a film which has proved that Mohanlal is still the superstar of Malayalam films.
Mohanlal portrays the role of a man who gets intuitions about the future and can see and communicate with a friendly spirit. Nayantara dons the role of a spirit. The rest of the story is about how the spirit helps to solve a murder mystery.
Seekumar (Mohanlal) is a man with extraordinary IQ who has also a sort of sixth sense. He comes to the city as he gets an intuition that someone is calling him. His intimate friends Govindan Kutty (Mukesh) and Chandran (Harisree Asokan) welcome him and find a house for him. At night he meets a girl inside one of the locked rooms in the house and mistakes her to be a call girl whom his friends had arranged. He calls Govindan Kutty and Chandran and soon discovers that the girl is a spirit whom only Sreekumar can see and feel.
The spirit is in search of her and she seeks Sreekumar's help to find out who she is? Sreekumar realizes that she is Reena Mathews (Nayantara) a brilliant medical student who is in the missing list of police, from the day of her journey to US for higher studies.
Sreekumar and the spirit try to find the truth behind Reena Mathews missing, as relatives, friends, police and doctors believe that Sreekumar has gone nuts. Slowly Govindan Kutty and Chandran are convinced about the presence of the spirit who can only see and communicate through Sreekumar.
Fazil, the producer and director of the film have also written the story, screenplay and dialogues. Songs penned by Kaithapram has music by Ouseppachan. Anandakuttan is the cameraman and Mani Suchitra is the art director. The film produced under the banner of Ammu International was made in a budget of around Rs 2 crores.
Fazil's control over the medium is outstanding. The meticulous and carefully written screenplay accelerates towards the climax which is absorbing and spell-binding. Only after the film's chilling conclusion will you be able to fit the pieces of this ingenious super natural puzzle together.
Everyone in the cast is outstanding from a burly Mohanlal who is amazing as usual. Mukesh as Govindan Kutty and the rest of the cast are good. But it is Nayantara as Reena Mathews who has stolen the thunder with her author-backed role. The music of Ouseppachan is impressive and suits the mood of the film.
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