Review By : Release Date : Sep 08,2016 Movie Run Time : 2 hours 36 minutes Censor Rating : U

Production: Aashirvad Cinemas Cast: Mohanlal, Samuthirakani, Vimala Raman Direction: Priyadarshan Screenplay: Priyadarshan Story: Govind Vijayan Music: 4 Musics Background score: Ron Ethan Yohaan Cinematography: NK Ekambaram Editing: Ayappan Nair Distribution: Maxlab Cinemas And Entertainments

Mohanlal and director Priyadarshan, the combination that has worked wonders at the Box Office, strikes again with their magic wand. This time the duo is here with a brilliant script and is heading straight for new Box Office records. Priyadarshan himself has scripted this crime thriller movie based on a story by Govind Vijayan.

The plot of the movie revolves around Jayaraman (Mohanlal) who is a blind, yet highly skilled man. He has his senses of sound, smell and touch enhanced by constantly practicing Kalari, the ancient martial art of Kerala. A murder in an apartment where he works as the elevator operator lands him as the prime suspect with all the circumstantial evidences set against him. The incidents after this form the crux of Oppam.

The center pillar of every murder mystery is a murder, then it has a story of the person being murdered, a murderer, his reasons and a police officer investigating the case. The hero can either play the role of the murderer or the role of the police officer. In some movies the hero is an innocent man who is caught in the line of fire. The first thirty minutes will make you think that Oppam is a not so a different murder mystery with all these indispensable ingredients one requires. But then the movie takes a U-turn and thrills the audience with many brainy scenes.

Priyadarshan, the nationally celebrated director has created yet another masterpiece. The screenplay is slightly less engaging in the first half when compared to the top notch second half. A pinch of comedy added to lighten the otherwise tense subject serves its purpose. Even though some of it is reminders of Priyan's old classics, it will not stop the audience from bursting out into laughter.

Mohanlal is a classic actor who performs effortlessly as the blind man and establishes that no one can be more convincing as a sharp guy with enhanced senses than him. With shrewdness in his eyes, Samuthirakani essays his role perfectly. Nedumudi Venu, Anusree, Chemban Vinod, Renji Panicker and Mamukkoya deliver notable performances. Baby Meenakshi once again displays her innocent and natural acting. The only disappointment from the movie is Vimala Raman who fails miserably to act convincingly.

Ron Ethan Yohann has done a job with the background score that helps to create suspense and tension in the movie. Cinematography by Ekambaram is splendid, and when put together with Ayyapan Nair's perfect edits results in a spine chilling thriller.

Verdict: A brilliant movie from Priyadarshan-Mohanlal combo


( 3.5 / 5.0 )
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Oppam (aka) Oopam

Oppam (aka) Oopam is a Malayalam movie with production by Aashirvad Cinemas, direction by Priyadarshan, cinematography by NK Ekambaram, editing by Ayappan Nair. The cast of Oppam (aka) Oopam includes Mohanlal, Samuthirakani, Vimala Raman.