Adi kapyare kootamani is a Malayalam satirical comedy and is one of the most talked films of 2016. The movie is about a young girl named Adhistalakshmi (Namitha Pramod) entering men’s hotel with the help of Bhanu Prasad (Dhyan Sreenivasan). They were able to enter successfully for her personal intentions but what they weren’t prepared for is when they were unable to go out. With the help of his friends Bruno (Aju Varghese), Koshy (Vineeth Mohan) and Remo (Neeraj Madhav), they try various means to go out but every plan ends up backfiring in a funny manner.
As far as the movie value is concerned, it is only an average yet a very enjoyable entertainer with many memorable comic moments and is worth a hi-fi time with your friends or family. Overall, it is an exaggerated version of the lifestyle in boys hostel, where youngsters have fun fights, bickering, secret consumption of alcohol, spying on their wardens, escaping at night to watch films and, gossips related to the presence of a ghost.
When I heard of this theme initially, I expected a slapstick comedy film that contains various means of sexism, and glorification of misogyny in the form of the stalking and molesting. Thankfully, except for one or two minor instances that are limited to dialogues alone, the movie is devoid of all that. What takes the cake is the dialogues and natural performance from the actors. At the many instances, I was rolling on the floor laughing and it is nice to a different flavour in terms of cinematography and editing. Aju Varghese and Neeraj Madhav stole the show with their apt comic timings and the second half is lively because of them. Vineeth Mohan is adorable with boyish mannerisms and the moments where he “pretends” to show off his macho-man nature are hilarious. I liked his performance where he loses his temper because a boy didn’t believe his horror story. Dhyan Sreenivasan had his moments of hilarity due to the dialogues and actions that a boy studying in college can relate to, but before his co-stars, he wasn’t up to the point. Namitha Pramod is controlled but at times, her speech and facial performance make one cringe. I liked the way her character is shown, as someone who is gutsy yet stupid, as part of the satirical flavour.
They reason why she entered the hostel is the funniest revelation. She feels bad for the mistakes she made. But then, she stands up for herself before her short-tempered father, who is rowdy yet incapable. She shuts up the boy who tries to misbehave with her and even ensures that the boys stay within their limits while she is around. But then, her character is not memorable as her male counterparts. Another person who stole the show is Mukesh. Any film that has him in it, in a way, ensures minimum guarantee. The minor instances and dry humourous one-liners will make one laugh, notably the moment where he “confronts” the ghost saying that “no one will harm her”. My favourite moment is the scene where he becomes startled after hearing the sounds of animals, mimicked by boys, signalling his arrival to their friends.
We feel the modern time due to the cinematography style, which focusses every emotion and action of the characters and thus, the film succeeded in delivering what was intended. The music was noisy at times, filmmakers stuck to the tradition of using loud music during comic events but the theme music is perfect. The song with Namitha and four boys was completely unnecessary. Seemingly, it is added for the sake of it. However, the ending of the film was a big WTF moment. Without giving much away, the question is why? Why have such an ending which ruined the satirical nature of the film? Unless they make a second part which could throw more light onto the events following the end, it was a huge letdown.
Don’t expect this film to stick to moral values and have believable circumstances. At the end of the day, it is a satire comedy. Adi kapyare kootamani is the perfect view if you are with your friends and if you like to revisit the college lifestyle.
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