Mammootty disappoints his fans
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Mammootty disappoints his fans

The superstar's latest flick, Bhargavacharitham Moonam Khandam, stumbles at the box office.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2006 20:53 IST

This Onam will probably be lacklustre for Mammootty fans. The Malayalam superstar's latest flick,BhargavacharithamMoonam Khandam, failed to create magic at the box-office.

The film, which was a complete rip-off of the Hollywood flick Analyze This, was directed byJoemon and co-written by Sreenivasan, who also played a significant role in the film. This is yet another attempt by Mammootty to succeed in comedy, but it leaves us dissatisfied.

The story revolves around a notorious criminal CurrentBhargavan (Mammootty), who has lost the confidence to pick up a gun or resort to any kind of violence.

Mammootty's magic fades at the box office

So, he seeks the help of a renowned psychiatrist Dr. Shantharam (Sreenivasan). What follows is a tangled tale that might look good on paper, but its execution leaves the audiences' hopes punctured.

Bhargavan is infamous for his marijuana cultivations in the forest land of Kerala and is suspected to have killed an honest officer of the narcotics department, but still he roams freely around.

The other characters in the film just make fleeting appearances. Rahman as one of the officers of narcotics department and would be brother-in-law of Sreenivasan makes his presence felt. But Sai Kumar as Rahman's chief and Bhargavan go overboard.

The main fault lies with director Joemon, who does nothing inventive with the characters and the viewers end up bearing with a stylishly dressed Mammootty showing off fancy caps.

The ever-sarcastic Sreenivasan lampoons the psychiatric profession in his repetitive style.The film is strewn with many dialogues, which succeed in inducing forced chuckles, butnot a good full-throated laughter.

It seems that Sreenivasan tried to repeat the success of Udayananu Tharam but it backfired. A more realistic plot might have worked better.

First Published: Aug 31, 2006 15:53 IST