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Times of India
Ithihasa has an absurd and fantastical storyline - a girl wakes up one day in the body of a boy and vice versa; but is entertaining and well executed .
: Debutant Binu S'
is an example of how a film can be entertaining with two relatively new actors as its lead characters despite absurd and fantastical storyline. The story is based on the Hollywood film - The Hot Chick- but has been adapted to a local Kochi neighbourhood without sounding odd. The director has impressively localized the story.
Janaki, played by a sizzling hot Anushree, is a typical village girl in the city who lives with two friends who constantly make fun of her modest dressing. Alby (Shine Tom Chacko) is a local thief who lives in another side of the city with a fellow thief Vikku (Balu Varghese). A legend in history (Ithihasa) speaks about two magical rings which have the power of switching the bodies of the two people who wear it simultaneously.
Janaki and Alby get into possession of the two magical rings and wake up the next day in each other's bodies. However, they don't know what caused it and the film is all about the expected confusion which ensues. In the process, a romance sprouts between the two, which is interesting to watch. Though the story can be called predictable, it has been executed extremely well, and there is not one dull moment, right from scene one to the ending credits. In fact, it is one of those films which you don't want to end.
Both the actors are playing leads for the first time but Anushree steals the show with her transformation from a coy girl to a devil-may-care tough 'guy'. The actress is the real hero of the film in every sense and proves that she is talent waiting to be tapped. She doesn't falter once in her 'manly' act, even while smoking away furiously or overpowering four goondas simultaneously.
Shine Tom too presents a commendable performance switching between a meek girl and the local thug. Balu Varghese plays his part to perfection as the friend who has to deal with the sudden presence of a pretty girl in their dowdy bachelor den. All the actors - Swapna Menon as the heroine's friend, Sunil Sugatha as the local cop and Pradeep Kottayam as the nosy neighbour - easily slip into their roles.
The film is technically brilliant, with breath-taking cinematography by Sinoj Ayyappan. There are plenty of slow motion scenes, but they have the desired effect. There are many obvious loopholes - for example, the girl and her friends are supposedly working in a private firm but for a full 15 days, they do nothing but struggle with the situation all day. But, the director has done a decent job and the film, with all its absurdity, makes for a cute, light-hearted entertainer.