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Good Comedy Spoilt by the Story and Climax

Author: manjodude
10 October 2016

When I saw Biju Menon in a major support role in this movie to the hero, Asif Ali, I hoped that history does not repeat - that this movie would not be as vulgar like Marubhoomiyile Aana(a fun movie that messed up) released just few months ago where Biju Menon goes behind women and the camera also zooms inappropriately. Luckily the camera in Kavi Udeshichathu? does not get dirty but Biju Menon's character is the same - a person that runs behind women and occasionally calls or refers to them in words that, let's just say, is indecent. The movie makers can't hide behind the excuse that this is just a movie or this guy is simply a character. Then why don't they try to turn the tables and let the female characters use the same language and let's see how the viewers find it. It's not just Biju Menon, the movie has scenes here & there that subtly insults women(they can't do it overly these days or they get into trouble straight away with mahila sangam, you see), all in the name of comedy. I don't think the insult is intentional, after all the hero Asif Ali is also the producer of the movie. But such stuff could still have been avoided though. It'd not be a surprise if a channel were to interview the lady audience for some frank words on the movie and a percentage of them echo whatever I mention here. Like I said, the gender remarks are low key but there can be uncomfortable moments when we especially sit with family to watch the movie.

But I would not totally down the movie, there is lot of comedy. Most times you'd laugh at the buffoonery of the people of this "volleyball village", who unintentionally make a fool of themselves when they try to outwit each other. The songs are nice and the performances are funny as expected. Asif Ali as Jimmy is a decent actor but gets a bit overshadowed by Biju Menon or even Narain who nails it as the crazy, dumb arch rival of Jimmy. I think Asif would not mind because the aim is to entertain the viewers which the movie almost achieves. The highly anticipated climax - the volleyball matches between the rivals - turn out to be simply an OK fare, and the final match a disappointment. In the final game, most of the blocks from the opposite team stay away from the winning team's hits - no, that's not on purpose or part of the story, it was supposed to be an actual block! Anyway, the volleyball shown here was still much better than the disastrous Karinkunnam Sixes. The pretty Anju Kurian as Jimmy's love is good and Lena also impresses as Jimmy's employer and sponsor of his volleyball team.

To sum up, it's a nice first time direction by Thomas Liju Thomas - lots of laughter here & there but that's about it. A timepass watch alone, with friends or for couples but not recommended with family.

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The Poet Is Dead. ♦ Grade D-

Author: Tejas Nair from the Entertainment Capital of India
14 January 2017

I still cannot fathom what led Asif Ali to produce this claptrap, which is marketed as a comedy by debutante Liju Thomas.

Kavalam Jimmy (Asif Ali) is a young loafer who does not like to lose - be it at a game of volleyball or at life. He hails from a poor background, and works as an errand boy for a village merchant. Right now, he is trying to get it on with Jasmine (Anju Kurian), the kid sister of Vattathil Bosco (Narain), a pompous middle-aged son-of-a-rich-man, who in turn has his eyes on Jimmy's widowed sister. Things take an upward hike when Bosco announces a volleyball championship in the village and one of his aides bets Jimmy that if he wins, Bosco will marry Jasmine off to him. The convenient story then takes to the volleyball court as stares and reactions move around in the air.

While the first part is corrugated comedy delivered by the supporting cast, the second half is a sports drama intensified by Biju Menon's sexist character. There is nothing much to talk about here as I'm sure the viewers will be exchanging glances at each other, wondering what the hell is happening on-screen. Where is the poet? And what did he intend?

With half-baked characters and some of the worst performances (Narain, Kurian) this year, this debut feature is not only indecent but also of low quality. With only few jokes here and there, the film fails to deliver what it initially promises to offer - entertainment for families.

BOTTOM LINE: Liju Thomas's "Kavi Uddheshichathu..?" is a below average affair which is let down by its overall execution, and inclusion of a ridiculously shot sports drama towards the climax. Switch channels when it premieres on TV.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

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