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Times of India
Novelist N P Ambujakshan is determined to make his hallowed 'Chirakodinja Kinavukal' a new-generation movie and narrates his script, tweaked to suit the times, to a director-producer duo. Taking a dig at industry formulas and offering witty explanations, the tale of Thayyalkaaran and Sumati inches towards an avatar on the silver screen.
Titled after the 'popular' novel by N P Ambujakshan, Chirakodinja Kinavukal is Mollywood's feel good opportunity to laugh out loud at itself, while sparing a moment to ponder on the stereotypes that rule us, even when numerous experimental films are churned out. The carefully constructed spoof takes potshots at preposterously recurring themes in our movies. Many staple scenes are sampled out, seasoned with sarcasm and served with a dollop of thought-provoking comedy.
With his prized work 'Chirakodinja Kinavukal', Ambujakshan sets out on a journey, to make it come alive on the big screen. As he narrates, the team wedges many famous directors into the plot, take a leaf out of each of their films. The over-qualified Thayyalkaaran and nurse Sumati are in love, and her affluent dad the Virakuvettukaaran is predictably against the relation. The trials and tribulations of an old-generation romance are laced with gen-next movie elements to form the storyline.
Kunchako Boban dons multiple looks as the good and bad guy and as Ambujakshan's creativity runs wild, he appears in the get-up of many evergreen Mollywood heroes. None of this, however, disrupts the flow of the tale and Rima too looks stunning in her retro avatar.Also appreciable is the effort taken by the team to weave in entertainment even into tiny aspects like asking the audience to switch off their mobile phones besides dedicating movies to them in a most novel manner.
All said, it is to be noted that the film is enjoyed best only if audiences are familiar with the many movie sequences and cliches being spoofed.
is one of those funny movies for which you have to take your brains to the theatre, both to appreciate the effort and to get fully entertained.