SHAJAHANUM PAREEKUTTIYUM MOVIE REVIEW
I was desperately trying to control my sleep while watching Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum and though I was successful in my attempt, had a torrid time watching this film. Just like me, the film too was trying desperately but for a different thing. The film tries too hard to make us laugh with its slapstick humour but fails at many places. There is dullness and boredom creeping at many places making Boban Samuel directed Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum end up on a sore note.
There is this girl named Jiah played by Amala Paul. She loses her memory (only partially and that too some recent happenings dating back to two or three years) as a result of a car accident. Now her parents and her would-be are put into trouble as they came to know that she had a lover whose name had ‘P’ in it. Things gets more complicated as Prince and Pranav, two young men claim to be the P and lover of Jiah. Now who is the real one is what is revealed later.
The desperate attempt to infuse comedy falls flat and all those jokes were too silly and cliched. Even with the presence of some good actors who can bring laughter out of any situation, the film could not do any face saving thing by bringing some life into it. Script is the main villain here along with its outdated making doing the bulk share of pulling the film down. Story too lacks any conviction and with a dull first half combining with a lifeless second half, the comedies shown in Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum are all we will just leave behind the cinema halls after watching with nothing as takeaways.
You will find lot of similarities with films watched before with many a borrowed moments from those films.For enjoyment it is better to rewatch those films that succumb to this boring film projected to be a brainless entertainer for the festive season.
On the acting side, both Kunchacko Boban and Jayasurya were in their safe zones as far as their characters were concerned. Jayasurya playing Prince was able to create few genuine laughs inspite of the screenplay letting him down at many places. Kunchacko Boban was okay. Amala Paul didn’t do anything bad but was unable to contribute anything substantial.
Suraj Venjaramoodu succeeded partially in tickling our funny bone. Aju Varghese was also able to offer some genuine humour inspite of a weak screenplay offering more of forgetful humour than something to remember for long. Vijayaraghavan, Vinaya prasad, Lena and Shajohn are there doing supporting acts.
Cinematography effectively captures the beauty of Vagamon. Edits were not bad while songs and background music by Gopi Sundar could not do much and were not upto the standards set by the music director.
Giving no prominence for story and screenplay, what the film tries to do is to bring in humour and adding color to the whole proceedings which in my opinion hasn’t worked out in any way. Some laughable moments are there created by some individual as well as combination scenes of the actors but overall Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum is disappointing.
Rating – 2 / 5
by Chandra Mohan Gopinath