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Times of India
The film presents five people with different motives who confront each other in unforeseen situations.
is full of strange scenes. A bag containing semen bottles is lifted from a boiling curry-vessel. A senior cop gives orders for a secret mission in a stressed tone from a lavatory. A woman in shiny, puffed up robes squeezes herself through a stream of vehicles and so on. The strangest of all scenes happen in the middle of the film.
A film star, played by Anoop Menon, broods during a shoot. While a curious director watches him, Menon - without any provocation- suddenly bemoans his past and sighs for reasons only known to him. In a film that veers around mistaken identities and consequent goof-ups, the humour is often crude, contrived and tasteless.
The film, which comes with an A certificate, derives its humour from sex, semen and women. The characters break into rapturous laughter over the dignity of being a pimp. A police officer mixes wonder and awe when he ogles a woman sub-collector.
The film does not have a single tale; it rather presents five characters who board the same flight for varying reasons and end up in the same city. A rich business man wants to bed an actress; a young girl wants to conceive a baby without getting married, a set of aimless men plan a kidnap, a methodical pimp with a sly glint in his eyes (Jayasurya) flirts with the fate of men and women.
Anoop Menon, whose writing skills appear haggard in this film, seems confused whether to present real characters or mere caricatures. He is lost in a conflict of purpose; whether to go for a full-blown absurdity or take refuge in warmth-soaked moments.
What happens is a bit messy canvas populated with weird characters - who encounter each other for vague reasons - and their senseless verbal exchange. Laughter without logic is perfectly justifiable for it has produced results. But in Hotel California, the laughter seldom works and the natural flavour that arises out of completely strange characters coming together in insanely strange circumstances is missing.
might be able to generate a few chuckles even with its lewd taste. But when it comes to loving a film as a whole, it falls flat.
THIS FILM IS AMAZING! A to all of the cast and crew. Everything from the cinematography to the sound effects (hint the "boing" sound mid way through, a beautiful yet subtle effect), to the story line, was absolute perfection. We need real directors like Aji John here in America. He is truly a rival to Michael Bay and George Lucas (Star Wars has nothing on this masterpiece, TRY HARDER MR. LUCAS). The mustaches on many of the characters reminded me of the ones on the male porn actors I used to watch in the 80's. The nostalgia brought back many memories of trying to hid my nut juice from my ex wife. In conclusion, I highly recommend this A list film to any movie aficionado.