Producer- Prem Prakash and Raju Malliyath
Cast- Jayasurya, Meera Nandan, Rima Kallingal etc.
Music- Isaac Thomas Kottukapally
Cinematography- Pradeep Nair
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues- T.V.Chandran
Review by : Unni
Confusing and a waste of time, money and talent- that’s what I’d say about ‘Shankaranum Mohananum’, T.V.Chandran’s latest film.
The pre-release buzz was that ‘Shankaranum Mohananum’ is a commercial film from T.V.Chandran, who has been making offbeat, arty films all these years and also that it’s a comedy. But whether it’s a commercial film or an arty one is something that I am unable to find out. As for comedy, that too leaves me confused; however hard I try, I can’t see the film as a comedy.
Shankaran (Jayasurya), who is a teacher and past his prime, gets married to Rajalakshmi (Meera Nandan), a young girl. The morning after the wedding Shankaran goes out to walk, as usual. But he is bitten by a snake; he’s taken to hospital, but dies.
From there the story takes another turn. Mohanakrishnan a.k.a Mohanan (Jayasurya), Shankaran’s younger brother, who works in Ernakulam is in for a shock the very next day when he sees Shankaran appearing before him. He sees it as a hallucination kind of thing and hence goes back to work. But then Shankaran keeps coming up before him, in different get-ups, at different places. He wants Mohanan to go tell Rajalakshmi that he’s not gone and he’s all here. Mohanan is confused and sort of tormented with all this. He gets to accept that his dead brother appears before him, but he doesn’t know how to handle it all. On the other hand, his broken marriage with Jyotsna (Rima Kallingal) is another issue that he has to face. All this moves towards a climax, which for sure would leave you confused.
The subject that T.V.Chandran had in hand could have perhaps made for a good film, had it been treated differently. But as of now, it does not convey much and seems more like a short film gone off the tracks. It’s also as if the director was sort of obsessed with doing a fancy dress on screen with Jayasurya, something that too doesn’t make an impact. It’s an effort gone waste.
Jayasurya as Mohanan is good, Jayasurya as Shankaran is just about good; but T.V.Chandran has failed to make use of the actor’s potentials. Rima is good and Meera so so. Nothing much to say about other actors, who don’t have much to do.
The technical aspects too suit the mood and tempo of the film, but since the film doesn’t leave a mark, there’s nothing much to say.
Isaac Thomas Kottukapally has done justice to the plot and the theme by giving full support with his background music.
This is where T.V.Chandran has failed. He seems to have been confused, for the first time it seems. He had something in mind, which however he has failed to communicate through his script. He could have handled it better and the film would have been much better.
T.V.Chandran could have done away with the idea of making a commercial film. That’s perhaps why he was forced to rope in Suraaj Venjaramoodu and give him so much of prominence in the posters too. No, nothing against Suraaj, but this is about the notion of making a commercial film that seem to have caught the fancy of the director. He could have approached it as a film that he wanted to make, to communicate something worth communicating. And that would perhaps have worked better. The notion of making a commercial film and the idea of presenting Jayasurya in different get-ups seems to have made T.V.Chandran neglect other aspects and that has affected the totality of ‘Shankaranum Mohananum’.
Overall verdict- Effort gone waste; confusing and exasperating. Could have been treated differently.