Tuesday, September 10, 2013



An empty shop

Dir: Salim Ahamed

Cast: Mammootty, Nyla Usha

Writer-director Salim Ahamed had stepped into stardom with his maiden venture, Adaminte Makan Abu. Naturally, his next film, Kunjananthante Kada got into top headlines, right from the moment the film was announced.

The film had everything that a top-notch production required. Besides Mammootty as the lead actor, cinematography by Madhu Ambat, sound design by Resul Pookkutty, background score by Isaac Thomas Kottukappilly and songs by M Jayachandran all added to its publicity. But what the viewers saw on screen was a badly shaped mishmash of some random thoughts.

Kunjananthan (Mammootty) owns a shop in a sleepy village in Kannur. He is having a rather confusing relationship with his wife Chithira (debutante Nyla Usha). He is passionate about just one thing in this world and that is his shop. And the building is owned by someone else. He is shattered when asked to vacate the building for road development.

The whole story is based on a weak premise and things go from bad to worse as the film moves along without any real direction. What is Kunjananthan's issue with his wife? We never know. Even if it is not for road development, what if the building owner decides to evict his tenant one fine day? We don't know that either.

And to top it all, Chithira laments to her husband that if he had given her a patient ear, she wouldn't have told her angsts to fake ids in chat rooms. Huh!

Some of those who go by big names or are only looking for irritatingly "feel good" movies may like this in parts. Even for them, this could end up as a tough ordeal. The rest of the viewers can just ignore this silly misadventure.

Rating: 1/5


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