: An aspiring actor, Vishnu finally lands a role in a film. However, something from the past poses a hurdle for him getting to do the part. The youngster is determined to tackle it and find a solution.
: Honey Bee 2.5 is a movie about certain events and personalities on the sets of the Jean Paul Lal – Asif Ali film Honey Bee 2. The parent movie didn’t turn out to be an impressive fair with a weak story line and unappealing proceedings. Honey Bee 2.5 isn’t one of those fabulous films, but it outshines Honey Bee 2 and also has a far more engaging story.
Vishnu (Askar Ali) wants to be an actor and hops from set to set seeking opportunities, which he finds hard to come by. In search of a role that would give him a chance to say a few dialogues, he lands on the sets of Honey Bee 2. For one reason or the other, the characters offered to him slip out of his hands, but Vishnu isn’t ready to give up yet. Kanmani (Lijomol Jose), who is actress Bhavan’s touch-up girl develops feelings for him and also offers him ample support.
The film deserves applause for trying out something new, probably for the first time – churning out a movie from the set of another, real project! In the process, they have incorporated shots from the film’s launch function as well. The way the climax has been put together is also interesting. Askar Ali suits the role to a T and pulls off the ‘paavam’ act decently enough for a debutant. Lijomol Jose is as effervescent as she was in Maheshinte Prathikaram, though her role is quite different here as the aspiring actor cum make-up artiste Kanmani.
Honey Bee 2 actors Balu Varghese, Bhavana, Asif and Baburaj, its director Jean Paul Lal and the rest of the crew also give a convincing performance and you almost feel like being on the actual film’s set, not like watching a movie made with it as the backdrop. The few times that Balu is on screen, he easily cracks up the audience too. Similarly, Hareesh Kanaran and party offer their own share of fun moments.
Both looks and skills wise, Askar has what it takes to be an actor, but as far as giving a comprehensive performance is concerned, he has miles to go. He looks a bit confused on how to emote in romantic scenes as well. Quite a few times, the sequences those are supposed to be funny fall flat, for instance, the scene in which a crowd is seen peering into the shooting location. Also, the final reasons for joy of certain characters, such as the leading lady, aren’t quite convincing.
Honey Bee 2.5 is no great film but has enough fun and some forgivable flaws. It’s a decently engaging movie that’s worth a watch.