Avatharam is a revenge saga, with Dileep playing Madhavan, who fights corrupt officials to avenge the death of his brother
There is only one word to describe Joshiy's Avatharam - predictable. Much like the earlier combo films of the director-actor duo, this one too is an action-thriller, but ridden with cliches to such extent that the film almost appears like a mash up of bygone thrillers.
The film starts off like a typical Dileep entertainer, with a bit of comedy and romance. Dileep is Madhavan, a villager and self confessed social activist, who has arrived in the big bad city to help out his dead brother's wife and daughter. During the course of completing the death formalities, he meets Manimeghala (Lakshmi Menon), a bank employee who turns out to be an orphan and finally becomes his lady love, and also learns that his brother did not die in an accident as declared, and was actually killed. Faced with a corrupt and unhelpful police official, Madhavan, who was a simpleton and good guy turns into a mini-superhero, an 'avatharam' and seeks revenge against his brother's killers, getting his wife raped and almost killed in the process.
The execution of the revenge and the climax in the film are not illogical and Dileep in his new vengeful avatar is convincing. Sijoy Varghese as the Assistant Police Commissioner delivers a stylish performance and lights up the screen. The film has a few social messages too - on how women should fearlessly complain to the police and how one should know the law. The cinematography by R D Rajasekhar is exceptional, especially in a song sequence shot at Fort Kochi. The sequences involving Kalabhavan Shajon and government offices in the first half offer comic relief but otherwise, you don't see any of the typical Dileep comedy you might expect.
Though the director has done his job reasonably well, the cliches one after the other - be it the characters, dialogues or situations - could make the three-hour watch tedious for some. The orphan girl's uncle and aunt treat her badly and mouth stepmotherly dialogues, their son tries to act funny with the girl, the gundas rule the streets and can kill people in broad daylight and get away with it, and there is the good, righteous cop and the bad, corrupt cop.
The actress has nothing much to do after a point but be the docile and conventional Malayali girl in cotton saris, except in song sequences when she suddenly transforms into a sexy siren in trendy clothes. Their romance alternates between traditional and modern, confusing the viewers. The already big cast grows bigger as the film progresses, and you see actors like Janardhanan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma and Sreeraman in almost blink and miss roles. Joy Mathew is not too convincing as the veteran gunda either.
The bloodshed and violence in the second half warrants parental guidance; but it is worth a one-time watch.