By : Unni
Published: February 13, 2011
Cast- Jayaram,Sheela,Siddique,Kunchacko Boban,Suraaj, Prithviraj,Jagathy
Lyrics- Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri
Story, Screenplay,Dialogues- Sachi-Sethu
Review by- Unni
Director Shafi and scenarists Sachi and Sethu coming together…that leads us to expect a colourful entertainer. ‘Make-up Man’, which has Shafi and the Sachi-Sethu duo teaming up and with Jayaram in the title role, is a good entertainer. But the film, which is not as pacy and colourful as usual Shafi flicks, may not go that great, though it could do well with the family audience.
Balachandran alias Balu (Jayaram) is broke and in debt after his event-management company failed to take off. He doesn’t know what to do next. His troubles double and Soorya (Sheela), his lover, leaves her home on the eve of her marriage with someone of her parents’ choice. She books two tickets for him and her to Delhi and waits at the railway station. Balu is late and both he and Soorya are forced to return together, confused and not knowing what to do next. Balu calls his friend Kichu (Suraaj Venjaramoodu), who is a production controller in films. With Kichu’s help they get married. Kichu even arranges for them accommodation for a night, in a hotel room booked for the heroine of the film he is working on. The director Sidharth (Siddique) and producer Paul (Janardhanan) are on the look-out for a heroine as they have sent away their former heroine. It’s quite accidentally that the producer comes across Soorya and mistakes her for the new girl Kichu had brought for the movie. He calls up Sidharth to interview the girl and thus Soorya is forced to go in for an audition, as she and Balu don’t want Kichu to be in trouble because of them. Quite surprisingly Sidharth is impressed with Soorya and she is signed for the film. She is rechristened Anamika. Upon Kichu’s advice, the fact that Soorya is married is kept a secret and Balu, who has to stick on with her, takes up as her make-up man. From here the story takes off.
‘Make-up Man’ is a lively entertainer, with drama, romance, humour et al brought together in an appealing manner. Of course you may be left wondering if this is what you expected out of the Shafi entertainer. ‘Make up Man’ is loud enough, but you’d have expected it to be louder; the film is pacy, but you’d have expected it to be more so; it’s colourful, but not as colourful as you wanted it to be. But still it’s definitely watchable, a film that you could go watch along with your family on an evening when you are at leisure.
Jayaram is his usual self and fits into his role perfectly well. Sheela is good. Siddique puts in a good performance while the others fit into their respective roles. Kunchacko Boban and Prithviraj, playing themselves, do good to the film.
The cinematography, editing and art-work suit the theme and add to the colourfulness of the film. Alagappan’s cinematography is one of the highlights of the movie.
Unlike usual Shafi films most of which have at least 5 to 6 peppy songs, ‘Make-up Man’ has only three songs and they are good, but most likely won’t go as great as songs from other Shafi films. The background score works well with the theme.
Sachi and Sethu, true to their style, have mixed all needed ingredients and have come out clean. But the film could have been a bit more colourful and pacy and would have gone great, as an entertainer.
Shafi has done justice to his work, being in control of things. But he could have added a song or two, which would have elicited a better response at the box office for the film. He could also have made the film a bit more loud and pacy. The film, as of now, is definitely worth a watch, as a decent entertainer.
Overall verdict- Decent entertainer, for the family audience. Could have been better!